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(Newser)   US fed up with United Nations diplomats showing up drunk at meetings. UN says they'll get right on that, ossifer, after they finish this strongly lorded wetter   (newser.com) divider line 49
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2013-03-05 11:10:23 AM
They serve beer in our facility's cafeteria in Germany, and wine in the one in France.  I always assume my European counterparts are drunk.
 
2013-03-05 11:44:00 AM
There's a typo in the headline.

Diogenes: They serve beer in our facility's cafeteria in Germany, and wine in the one in France.  I always assume my European counterparts are drunk.


Vodka is vital part of any Russian's lunch.
 
2013-03-05 12:30:01 PM
The Americans need to show up with a six pack of Four Loko.
 
2013-03-05 12:31:10 PM
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-05 12:31:20 PM
Not to mention that everyone's always late at the UN.
 
2013-03-05 12:34:10 PM
" Canada used to bring whisky."

/sounds about right
 
2013-03-05 12:36:53 PM
....Those were just the Russ-

Babwa Wawa: Vodka is vital part of any Russian's lunch.


Dernit.
 
2013-03-05 12:38:04 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Not to mention that everyone's always late at the UN.


can only use the "what time zone is it" excuse so many times
 
2013-03-05 12:38:15 PM

Gifted Many Few: The Americans need to show up with a six pack of Four Loko.


Nah they took the caffeine out, so it's basically just shiatty malt liquor now. If we're gonna go that route, might as well make it Colt 45 or King Cobra. Maybe Steel Reserve
 
2013-03-05 12:39:35 PM
[diplomatic immunity guy with a flask shopped in his hand.jpg]
 
2013-03-05 12:39:54 PM

Gifted Many Few: The Americans need to show up with a six pack of Four Loko.


A six pack? Are you trying to kill somebody?
 
Ehh
2013-03-05 12:40:50 PM
They don't show up drunk, coked up, and hallucinating, do they? Stop complaining then. You obviously haven't been to the teacher's lounge at the local high school before first period lately.
 
2013-03-05 12:40:51 PM
I miss the days back in England when a couple of pints at lunchtime was considered perfectly normal. Mind you, I don't miss spending Monday mornings fixing everything I coded on Friday afternoons.

American is, sadly a country of extremes. It seems incapable of finding a happy medium between the three martini lunch and total abstinence; between prudishness and porn; or between obesity and lycra-clad cyclists.
 
2013-03-05 12:50:22 PM
Didn't know that Drew had representatives of Fark at the UN. What's their Fark handles?
 
2013-03-05 12:51:21 PM
Well, this explains an awful lot.
 
2013-03-05 12:56:15 PM
American problems.

When I worked at my university in Belgium, two hour drink-fuel lunches were de rigeur. Our faculty club had a sommelier, and a brilliant wine list. We had a bar in the basement of the faculty. Our staff room had beer in the fridge. Etc.

Here in the states, I have to go off campus to get a drink (except for the alumni receptions before basketball games).
 
2013-03-05 12:58:51 PM

de_Selby: I have to go off campus to get a drink


well there's your problem.

/work has beer in the fridge and bottles of tequila and vodak on top
 
2013-03-05 12:58:53 PM
What beer, while classically American, can get people jacked up in a hurry? We have to show these people we mean business and can drink them right out of the building.
 
2013-03-05 12:59:22 PM
Send this guy then.
images.tvrage.com
 
2013-03-05 01:04:40 PM

thecpt: de_Selby: I have to go off campus to get a drink

well there's your problem.

/work has beer in the fridge and bottles of tequila and vodak on top


Working in a bar does not count ...
 
2013-03-05 01:07:34 PM

de_Selby: Working in a bar does not count ...


construction company. Not breaking OSHA laws if its not in the field.
 
2013-03-05 01:09:53 PM

thecpt: de_Selby: Working in a bar does not count ...

construction company. Not breaking OSHA laws if its not in the field.


Im guessing you're the guys who do Frank Gehry's work?
 
2013-03-05 01:10:40 PM

Gifted Many Few: What beer, while classically American, can get people jacked up in a hurry? We have to show these people we mean business and can drink them right out of the building.


Here you go.
 
2013-03-05 01:16:21 PM

thecpt: de_Selby: Working in a bar does not count ...

construction company. Not breaking OSHA laws if its not in the field.


You guys didn't build a bridge over the Tacoma Narrows back in the '40s, did you?
 
2013-03-05 01:21:22 PM

give me doughnuts: thecpt: de_Selby: Working in a bar does not count ...

construction company. Not breaking OSHA laws if its not in the field.

You guys didn't build a bridge over the Tacoma Narrows back in the '40s, did you?


Nah, I heard the bridge was three sheets to the wind. ;)
 
2013-03-05 01:22:11 PM

de_Selby: Im guessing you're the guys who do Frank Gehry's work?


and he takes the credit (*hiccup*)
 
2013-03-05 01:44:53 PM
Unfortunately the drunk ones are required to show up but are not involved in negotiations much. The US should encourage getting their negotiation counterparts drunk. Then we can have our way with them.
 
2013-03-05 01:47:58 PM

thecpt: de_Selby: Im guessing you're the guys who do Frank Gehry's work?

and he takes the credit (*hiccup*)


static.dezeen.com

The bottle and the damage done ...
 
2013-03-05 01:49:12 PM

Babwa Wawa: There's a typo in the headline.

Diogenes: They serve beer in our facility's cafeteria in Germany, and wine in the one in France.  I always assume my European counterparts are drunk.

Vodka is vital part of any Russian's lunch.


And the Czech Republic's average person drinks four liters of beer a day.
 
2013-03-05 01:53:44 PM

Diogenes: They serve beer in our facility's cafeteria in Germany, and wine in the one in France.  I always assume my European counterparts are drunk.


And England epitomizes functional alcoholism...
 
2013-03-05 01:55:35 PM

FizixJunkee: Diogenes: They serve beer in our facility's cafeteria in Germany, and wine in the one in France.  I always assume my European counterparts are drunk.

And England epitomizes functional alcoholism...


We're Irish, when you cut us do we not bleed 80 proof?
 
2013-03-05 01:57:04 PM
When I hear about a strongly worded letter, I imagine that it contains actual "strong words":

Dagnabbit, Kim-jong Un! WTF is up with the nukes? You make one more of those penis substitutes, we'll feed you to your own sex slaves! For science!
 
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2013-03-05 01:57:07 PM

thecpt: give me doughnuts: thecpt: de_Selby: Working in a bar does not count ...

construction company. Not breaking OSHA laws if its not in the field.

You guys didn't build a bridge over the Tacoma Narrows back in the '40s, did you?

Nah, I heard the bridge was three sheets to the wind. ;)


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2013-03-05 02:02:20 PM
If a Republican get the White House in 2016 or 2020, Boehner would be the obvious choice for UN Ambassador.
 
2013-03-05 02:05:25 PM

Babwa Wawa: Vodka is vital part of any Russian's lunch.


There we go.
 
2013-03-05 02:05:37 PM
Honest, occifer. I'm not as think as you drunk I am.
 
2013-03-05 02:10:07 PM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: FizixJunkee: Diogenes: They serve beer in our facility's cafeteria in Germany, and wine in the one in France.  I always assume my European counterparts are drunk.

And England epitomizes functional alcoholism...

We're Irish, when you cut us do we not bleed 80 proof?


My thesis professor once told us during class that, in Iceland, it is common for people to go bar-hopping as a social activity, and as a way to keep warm in winter. Someone in the room asked "Do the Irish drink for the same reasons?", his answer was "No. They do it because they're drunks".
 
2013-03-05 02:12:55 PM
You may laugh, but the Drunken Negotiating style brings diplomats to the height of their powers.

www.the-reel-mccoy.com
 
2013-03-05 02:34:21 PM
Pretty typical of the Puritan foundations of the United States. We weren't founded as a Christian Nation per se, but we got Calvinists. Charming people, they almost wish I had a daughter so I could forbid her marrying a Calvinist.

That ethic still runs strong in U.S. culture though it's fighting a losing battle in modernity.
 
2013-03-05 03:21:19 PM
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2013-03-05 03:33:24 PM
 
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2013-03-05 03:51:15 PM
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The Delegates Lounge at the UN in NYC. I spent many a post-lunch there having drinks. Bartenders were heavy-handed. The room itself is a total throw-back to the 'Mad Men' era.
 
2013-03-05 04:20:35 PM
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2013-03-05 04:35:23 PM

kd1s: Pretty typical of the Puritan foundations of the United States. We weren't founded as a Christian Nation per se, but we got Calvinists. Charming people, they almost wish I had a daughter so I could forbid her marrying a Calvinist.

That ethic still runs strong in U.S. culture though it's fighting a losing battle in modernity.


Actually, that's entirely wrong.

Prior to prohibition, attitudes toward alcohol in the US were quite in line with other peer countries.  For most working men, lunch included a beer, brandy, or rum.  Prohibition was only half about a bunch of biddies trying to reduce/eliminate alcohol consumption.  It never would have passed without the support of businessmen who wanted sober workers that wouldn't get their waggly bits caught in the machinery after a five drink lunch.
 
2013-03-05 05:06:33 PM

Babwa Wawa: kd1s: Pretty typical of the Puritan foundations of the United States. We weren't founded as a Christian Nation per se, but we got Calvinists. Charming people, they almost wish I had a daughter so I could forbid her marrying a Calvinist.

That ethic still runs strong in U.S. culture though it's fighting a losing battle in modernity.

Actually, that's entirely wrong.

Prior to prohibition, attitudes toward alcohol in the US were quite in line with other peer countries.  For most working men, lunch included a beer, brandy, or rum.  Prohibition was only half about a bunch of biddies trying to reduce/eliminate alcohol consumption.  It never would have passed without the support of businessmen who wanted sober workers that wouldn't get their waggly bits caught in the machinery after a five drink lunch.


i.imgur.com

Frowns upon these shenanigans.
 
2013-03-05 05:07:55 PM
Now we're fretting about drinking?

I can remember when this guy was our UN ambassador - and he could drink Ted Kennedy under the table three times over, then recite the entire script of "Juno and the Paycock" from memory.

www.nycreligion.info

/pic begs for a "wtf is this shiat" treatment
 
2013-03-05 08:31:46 PM
This is the same organization I'm supposed to be worried about taking over the world?
 
2013-03-05 08:57:45 PM

Foolkiller: This is the same organization I'm supposed to be worried about taking over the world?


The truth is that chemtrails are actually just a cover for the parachuting bottles of liquor over every UN meeting.
 
2013-03-06 08:40:06 AM

kd1s: Pretty typical of the Puritan foundations of the United States. We weren't founded as a Christian Nation per se, but we got Calvinists. Charming people, they almost wish I had a daughter so I could forbid her marrying a Calvinist.

That ethic still runs strong in U.S. culture though it's fighting a losing battle in modernity.


Strange. At every Calvinisitc Presbtyerian church that I've attended (I'm talking conservative Presbyterians here, like the PCA and OPC, not the namby pamby PCUSA), we've always had wine and beer at social functions, and even during Sunday lunch after services. Also, this. And this.
 
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