Diplo speak

Hilarious sign at UNHQ, NY. Photo by “Blake Hounshell”:http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/node/6377.

UN Diplo speak

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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5 Responses to Diplo speak

  1. Richardson says:

    I don’t smoke, but I’d be tempted to smoke in that room/bldg just to drive home the point of how absurd the sign is. “Smoking? Why yes I am – it’s ‘discouraged,’ not ‘prohibited,’ thanks.”

  2. Rommel says:

    Careful Richardson, the next step by the UN would be “We REALLY discourage smoking”

  3. Rommel says:

    Then of course the next step would be that the UN would effectively be stalled in its efforts to discourage you because of motions by Brazil, Venezuela and Iran in favor of your right to develop peaceful smoking habits.

  4. Hamilton says:

    “Stop or I’ll send you letter asking you to stop.”

  5. Ken says:

    (or we’ll have the Americians bomb you, my “smoking friend”)