Pacifism & Homosexualism @ UNL

Good Lord, we’re in a Red State and… of the two political messages in this week’s ASUN/RSO (recognized student association), all are Left?

The RSO Notices go out to RSO Advisors, Presidents and Treasurers on, or near, the 1st and 15th of each month. If your organization has a submission please email them to with the subject, “Please send to RSO Notices.”

1) Athletic Department Fundraising
2) Register your RSO for Dance Marathon
3) Speak-Out against Violence
4) Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of ALLY Development
5) UPC Funding Available For Your Events

1) Athletic Department Fundraising

The Athletic Department is now offering a new fundraising opportunity for Recognized Student Organizations (RSO). Students may work concessions during athletic events to raise money for their SOFS accounts. Minimum of 6 people needed from each interested RSO.

For more information, contact Janell Hall, Athletic Event Concession Manager, at 472-9432.

2) Register your RSO for Dance Marathon

Get your RSO involved with Dance Marathon and help save the lives of children! As “dancers,” money is obtained through a letter writing campaign with the goal of raising $150 per dancer to help the children and families of Children’s Hospital in Omaha. Registration is $20 per student and the first 500 to register and pay will receive a free t-shirt.

Dance Marathon will take place in late February and will be a 14-hour event filled with activities and entertainment. No dancing experience is required…just the desire to make a difference in the lives of others while having an amazing time doing it.

For more information, visit or contact Rachel Luptak at 605-490-2196 or

3) Speak-Out against Violence

Thursday, October 13th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Union Square inside the Nebraska Union

Step Up and Speak Out against violence! Members of the UNL and Lincoln communities are invited to take a stand against all forms of violence at the Speak Out inside the Union. Be a speaker or show your support in the audience. Give a speech; read a poem or prose; or sing a song. Here’s your opportunity
to express your concerns about violence at UNL and in the rest of the world. Video clips and other media from the Step Up Speak Out campaign featured on MTV and in local theaters will also be shown.

For more information, contact the Women’s Center at 472-2597.

4) Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of ALLY Development

October 10-14, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Nebraska Union Alcove (between the Bakery and Subway)

Individuals, organizations, departments, and programs are invited to sign on as Allies to the GLBT community. There will be a giant replica of the ALLY card to sign, along with some historical highlights of GLBT and ALLY history at UNL on display during the week.

If interested, please contact Pat Tetreault at 472-7447 or with which day you will be signing the card as a show of your support.

5) UPC Funding Available For Your Events

Need money for your RSO event? The University Program Council’s Fund Allocation Committee (FAC) has money available on a first-come, first-served basis!

An RSO may only receive funding for one event during a two (2) year fiscal span. To apply for funding for your event, pick up an application in Student Involvement or the UPC office in the Nebraska Union. Applications must be submitted at least 5 weeks prior to your event date.

If approved, a transfer of funds to the RSO SOFS account will occur AFTER the Fund Allocation Committee has received copies of bills, invoices, contracts, and/or receipts appropriate to the allocated fund amount. The RSO then has 120 days following the event to supply this documentation or the funds will be made available for reallocation.

… and with special guest star …

Introduce Special Guest Star and his article on the IMF/WB

Most research on Bretton Words focus on outcomes, but what about their internal politics
collective decisions through weighted voting as alternative to Westphalian vote (UNGA), or great-power veto (UNSC)
“weighted voting” borrowed from corporate governance

Criterea for Reforms…
weights should be “sensible” and coherent to the organization’s objective
“base” or “basic” vote gives ever state a minimum number of votes
but… while growed from 40 to 188 members, basic votes as percentage of total votes has drastically declined

Asisignment Problem (1 instrument for each policy goal)
… yet “votes” are 1 instrument for many objectives

Revised Variables
1. Access to Resources (variability of trade) – capital flows more important now
2. Trade — should intra-EU/eurozone trade be “international trade”?
3. Use GDP/PPP rather than GDP/exchange ranges (Japanese v Chinese international political economic power)
4. Population as new variable (but non-instrumental, so unlikely)

Quota Formula Review Group
– focused more on GDP — but outcomes were viewed as unwanted and useless , so not approved
– “an answer to no question in particular”

maybe a mix of gdp/ppp, pop, basic votes (US loses de facto veto) or gdp/ppp, basic votes (US keeps veto)

Reform for Executive Board
– formed of “IMF Constituencies” or voting groups (some geographic, some linguistic, plus US, UK, GDP, France, plus “elected” but defacto KSA, PRC)
– despite elaborate Executive Board system, IMF rums by Executive Director’s “sense of the meeting” (byzantine consensus)
– does thi smean “real” IMF decisions are made by/in the G7?

Specific Majorities
– different requirements for different types of majorities (from 50% to 85%)

“Prefered Alternative” / Double Majority Syste,
– would weaken US power
– requires both majority of weighted and majority of countries
– WB suggests majority of developed (Core) + majority of “developing” (Gap) countries — but no special category for Seam??
– but IMF has “equality” principal (only one class of membership)

(ROK was unique as OECD country that needed the IMF)

Big Cheese comments
– all organized efforts need decision rules — power v “democracy” (whether IGOs, NGOs, governments, etc)
– WB “nittier and gritter” than IMF — more “on the ground”
– Japanese/Chinese attempts to buil “Asian Monetary Fund” torpedoed byh IMF/US — but Japan wanted to create AMF earlier and PRC wanted to delay (because of growing PRC power)
– Argentina default an exception (Seam) because most Gap countries could not survive default ot IMF
– major crisis needed for significant reforms? Or US vote just falls below 15% (lose de facto veteo) Or regional/Asian alternative

Personnel Reforms
– lack of “passport diversity”
– too many neoclassicists? (apply to universities? – David Horowitz / VDH — ideological tactic of the weak)
– WB/IMF has typically weak executives — but what about McNamara, Wolfensen, Wolfowitz?
– actual question from fellow student: “Is there anything good about the IMF? At all?”

IMF/WB most important US / “Washington Consensus” Introument
– but what about war regimes, “crisis capitalism,” as instruments…
– original “Washington Consensus” didn’t include free capital flows?
– bilateral / regional free trade agreements

Genology of the Paper
– in an ongoing series
– many, many changes, reorgs etc,
– “publishing” as very slow OODA cycle??



“International Law as Social Cognitive Battlespace”
Possible Structure:

International Law
Social Cognition
Existing Research
– IL/SC and Realism
– IL/SC and Liberalism
– IL/SC and Constructivism
– IL/SC and the Rise of al Qaeda
– IL/SC and the Rise of the Vietnamese Communists
– IL/SC and the Rise of Early Christianity
Avenues of Disproof

Back to Big Cheese:

On Ecology:
– a set of substantive, rules, decision-making rules, and principals create a Regime, as in Ozone Diplomacy
– ozone fundign decisions requires rich-poor double majority
– benedict (255 / Appendix C) – document giving directions for deciding funding

GEFGlobal Environmental Facility– mix of World Bank and UN
– a fusion of San Francisco and Bretton Woods
– the direction of WM/IMF in general?

(Big Cheese: Reagan ’81-’85, Bush ’01-’05 as “romantic American nationalism”)
(reminder: WB annual dispersements of $40 bil; UN regular budget of $1 bil; ICRC yearly $600 mil)

sustainable development – “developing in a way that doesn’t leave the environment worse off for the next generation”

framework convention – nonspecific but legally binding “agreement to agree” on a solution to a problem

protocol – a treaty that is added to another treaty
– “host” treaty does not have to be a framework convention
– for example, Protocol 1 and Protocol 2 added to Geneva Convention

IPCC – international panel on climate change (an epistemic community)

epistemic community – “knowledge”/”science” based “nonpolitical” group of experts/knowledge base
but compare to wikipedia:

An epistemic community consists of those who accept one version of a story, or one version of validating a story. Michel Foucault referred more elaborately to mathesis as a rigorous episteme suitable for enabling cohesion of a discourse and thus uniting a community of its followers. In philosophy of science and systems science the process of forming a self-maintaining epistemic community is sometimes called a mindset. In politics, a tendency or faction is usually described in very similar terms.

Most researchers carefully distinguish between epistemic forms of community and “real” or “bodily” community which consists of people sharing risk, especially bodily risk. Some feminist scholars and ethicists are of the opinion that epistemic community follows logos and is thus effectively male.

As this view suggests, it is also difficult to draw the line between these modern ideas and more ancient ones: Joseph Campbell’s concept of myth from cultural anthropology, Carl Jung’s concept of archetype in psychology. Some consider forming an epistemic community a deep human need, and ultimately a mythical or even religious obligation. Among these very notably are E. O. Wilson and Ellen Dissanayake, an American historian of aesthetics, who famously argued that almost all of our broadly shared conceptual metaphors centre on one basic idea of safety, that of “home”.

From this view, an epistemic community may be seen as a group of people who do not have any specific history together, but search for a common idea of home, e.g. as if forming an intentional community.

AKA – Transnational networks of knowledge-based experts that define for decision-makers what the problems they face are, and what they should do about them.

Montrol Protocol (addition to Vienna) helped by scientific consensus on ozone and feasible economic alternatives

(BC: “in the meantime you had the idiot Reagan who said, international law, we don’t need that”)

BC: “The ozone problem was an easy one to solve, and all it took was years and years and years and to overcome the American administration. But you had to overcome the ideologues in the administration and make them practical” … an elite 4GW?

BC: “Particularly when you have the Bush administration who is unilateralist, and ultra-nationalist, and John Bolton…”

Global Warming “harder” than ozone because
– more expensive fixes
– less clear dangers

Eckersley’s analysis of climate change
– coherent action requires coherent Orientation (requires constructivism)
very nice discussion on this!
– very 4G?
– so need to be a constructivist to battle climate change — but what about empiricists a la Hammes?
– construvism “collapses into” realism if one accepts non-state actors and soft-power?
– “culture of relating” — ????

Tridentine Indult Latin Mass Roman Catholic Churches of Lincoln, Nebraska

Listing of Latin Mass Churches and Communities in the USA and Canada,” compiled by
Mater Dei Latin Mass Community, Mater Dei, 23 September 2005,

From a friend, not independently verified (yet):

Address: 555 South 70th Street, 68510
Diocese: Lincoln
Mass Time – Sun: 11:30 AM.
Mass Time – Tue: 9:00 AM.
Mass Time – Sat: 9:00 AM.

Address: 1145 South St., 68502
Diocese: Lincoln
Mass Time – Sun: 10:00 AM.
Mass Time – Mon: 7:15 AM.
Mass Time – Tue: 7:15 AM.
Mass Time – Wed: 7:15 AM.
Mass Time – Thu: 7:15 AM.
Mass Time – Fri: 7:15 AM.
Mass Time – Sat: 7:15 AM.
Contact : Fr. Karl Pincus, FSSPs
~~~~ Fr. Chad Ripperger FSSPs
~~~~ 3400 South 17th Streets
~~~~ Lincoln, NEs
~~~~ 68502
Pho (402) 477-5145
Fax (402) 477-5159

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What I Love Best About My Program At UNL

Moving to Lincoln was one of the best decisions of my life. Husker Hall is amazing and well run by the RA; my friends are amazing; my life is amazing. But what about the political science program itself? What is the best part of PoliSci@UNL?


I loved teaching computer-y classes before with my MA in CS, but teaching political science is a blast. Students are very involved, there are many opportunities for discussion, and I can apply things I learned from the blogosphere into the classroom. The ideas of Barnett, Boyd, Robb, and Safranski, in particular, have made great discussion fodder.

Again and again in recitations, the question of Why are we in Iraq? has come up. Without giving a definitive answer, I can summarize the Scythian/Flypaper Theory and relate it to concepts we have gone over. Additionally, some students are 9/11 conspiracy theorists. While expressing my doubts about that hypothesis, I can answer their comments with an introduction to 5GW and the meanings of “power.”

Plus, I love helping people learn. The professor I am working under has been very helpful to me, giving me direction and the freedom to teach to every recitation’s individual interests and capabilities.

Woot teaching!

Forgetting and Representing

Rules for Remembering Names and Places
– modified keyword method
– 1. form a substitute word, phrase, or thought that will remind you of the name (use a visual with a story)
– 2. find one outstanding feature on the face
– 3. associate the two things (visual story)
– name / face / thought in mental triangle
– called the “Zip” method

Construction and Reconstruction
– a process of distortion to make an easy pattern
– part of learning and forgetting
– “We fill in the lowlands of our memory from the highlands of our imgination”
– example: a story is told about an engaged couple who quarrel. A week later, if the group is told the engagement is off, they remember the fight as worse. Else, they remember the fight as minor.
– implications for early Christianity?
– when you assume a fact in a question, you can make someone “remember” (reconstruct) the assumed fact
– Cathecism / Christian FAQ implications?
– reconstructed narratives == “framing” ?

“Failure to Construct” / “Failure to Encode” as “forgetting” — “I forgot your name” — did you ever remember it?
– without correct context, narratives are very hard to remember
– reason titles are important: it actives prior knowledge

– “good students test themselves, so there’s nothing the teacher can ask them that they haven’t asked themselves”
– Clausewitzian? slow OODA? scientific or “zero-defect” strategy?
– importance of being flexible, able, to deform an environment (by applying friction) into more easily conquorable battlespace
– (how did early Christianity deform Roman “regime ” to make victory easier?)
– for example, deforming a story problem into an algebra problem
– “application skill,” Boydian, empowerment, Sun-Tzu
– “metacognition it not just an academic skill, it is a life skill”
– self-awareness and self-questioning
– works with situational memories
– “visualization as form of metacognition”
— people who visualize freethrows imporve almost as much as those who actually practice
— so could universities be an example of harmful visualization / learning, where “thought experiments” that provide non-real outcomes impede understanding?
— competence and domination, pecking order visualization, Howard Bloom’s “Lucifer Principle”
— “breaking confidence” as cognitive/metacognitive/visualized battlespace?

You need skill (metacognition) and will (desire) to learn — true????

Memory and learning strategies decrease in importance as general knowledge increases

– importance of non-sequential learning (not “reading” or “listening”)
– semiotics implications

Introduction to Knowledge Representations
Compare Outline v. Matrix
Localization Seperated v. Together
Clutter Repititious v. Efficient
Missing Info Obscured v. Apparent
“Big Picture” Obscrued v. Apparent

Matrices are better/faster than outlines
– (because of human visual processing / pattern recognition?)

only good reason to use representations is to know patterns and relationships, otherwise useless

Representation Systems
– superordinate/subordinate
– rule of thumb: if you have 7 or more of anything, you have nothing (sheik system?)
– every hierarchy can become a matrix
– think above, below, lateral
sequences – temporal
matrices – coordinate/comparative
diagram/illustration – static/dynamic

Cherry Coffeecake/Bars

tdaxp comment: Half gone in half-an-hour. Two-thirds gone shortly thereafter.

1 Cup Butter or Margarine (if margarine use Fleischman or Blue Bonnet Brand which also says something specific about ‘for baking’)

1 1/4 Cup Sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 Cups flour

1 can cherry pie mix (blueberry is good too)

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Blend in remaining ingredients. Put 2/3 of the batter in a 10 x 15″ pan or larger. Spread 1 can pie mix over the batter. Drop the remaining dough by teaspoons. Spread over the top of the pie mix. Bake at 350 degrees 25 – 30 minutes. Drizzle glaze over bars while hot.


1 Cup power sugar

1 Tablespoon butter

2 Tablespoons milk

(Apple) Fruit ‘n’ Cake

1 package (regular size) yellow or white cake mix
1/4 Cup cooking oil
2 eggs
1/2 Cup water
1 Can pie filling (20-23 oz. size)

Pour oil into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan; tilt pan to cover bottom. Put cake mix, eggs and water into pan; stir with a fork or spoon until blended (about 2 minutes) Scrape sides and spread batter evenly in pan. Spoon pie filling onto batter; use a fork to fold into batter just enough to creat a marbled effect. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes (until toothpick (or a thin knife) inserted near center comes out clean) . Let cool a little bit before serving.

Suggestions for pie mix: cherry, apple, blueberry, peach

PoliSci Department, Women’s Center, and LGBT

Unlike last time, not “LGBTQ” — someone must have given the Q‘s the boot

Career Success for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students
Monday, October 3, 2005
7 to 9 pm
Nebraska Union (room posted)

Dr. Y. Barry Chung, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University will share practicalstrategies for LGBT students entering the workforce.

This interactive workshop features concrete ideas for
* Managing your sexual identity in job interviews
* Career choice strategies
* Managing your own career development

Sponsored by: the Faculty Convocations Committee; the Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns; Career Services; Women’s Studies Program; the Women’s Center, the Queer Student Alliance; and the Department of Educational Psychology.

Dr. Chung is President Elect for the National Career Development Association, and his work has been honored by the American Psychological Association Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues. He has published numerous articles and book chapters based on his research focusing on the career development of LGBT people.

For more information contact Jan Deeds at 472-2598,

For those keeping track

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