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posted by [personal profile] orichalcum at 02:01pm on 16/04/2009
First of all, a brief PSA: To all of you who think you might have been infected by Mac's cold in the last few weeks, you'll have to look for another vector. We took him to the doctor this morning, because at this point he's had a runny nose and a cough for six weeks straight and we were getting a bit worried, and she confirmed that he has no cold or flu at all. It's allergies, probably pollen allergies, running in the family tradition. So now he starts on a round of antihistamines, and we vacuum like mad, and we'll see how that goes.

He's also growing very slowly, if at all, now - down to the 75th percentile for both height and weight, although the doctor didn't seem worried at all. But it's odd, because I could have sworn he grew in the last six months, but apparently not so much.

My week was made much happier when I arrived home to an unexpected package the other day from one of my students two years ago, who I wrote a law school recommendation for. She's gotten into at least four law schools, some with full scholarships, and sent me some chocolates and Greek goat cheese and roasted pepper tapenade from Greece as a thank you. :) It was awesome.

Work remains very busy, but I got to tell some of my favorite Roman historical anecdotes this week - Vedius Pollio and the man-eating lampreys, Appius Claudius Pulcher and the sacred chickens, and The Triumph of the Candleabra Polisher. If you're curious about any or haven't heard me tell them 50 gazillion times before you can ask in comments.

Mac managed to impress his pediatrician today; when she gave him an ambulance sticker for having been remarkably patient during the whole exam, he said, "This is an ambulance! It goes to the hospital to help people!" Of course, then he confused her by asking if he could go back to the "alligator" and push its buttons to go down.
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orichalcum: (teaching)
posted by [personal profile] orichalcum at 03:54pm on 16/04/2009
So, I was looking at info for the lecture I'm giving on the fall of the Roman Republic next week, where the lecturer wanted to emphasize that the top ten political families in the last 100 years or so of the Roman Republic held more than half the consulships (the top office).

I was curious and decided to check modern American figures.

http://www.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/3/1/7/1/2/pages317122/p317122-12.php

From the 2006 election:
Modern U.S. Comparison:
2006 election: 12% of major candidates and 18% of winners came from “political families,” where political families are defined as those that have 2 or more members related by blood or marriage within 2 generations who have been candidates for congressional, gubernatorial, or large-city mayoral offices.

Breaking down by office,
32% of Senators, 17% of Reps, 19% of Governors who won in 2006 came from political families.

Makes Obama look like even more of an outlier...
Mood:: 'pleased' pleased

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