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Campus Chatter – October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010

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Campus Chatter – October 19, 2010

Hannibal was defeated by Scipio at the battle of Zama today (202 BCE). Also John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1789), and the first set of American football rules was drafted (1873). And streptomycin, the first antibiotic treatment for tuberculosis, was isolated (1943).

Greetings and social banter here.

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    Although his tenure as Chief Justice was unremarkable – the Court heard only four cases during his six years – John Jay remains a noteworthy figure. He was president of the Continental Congress from 1778-1789, served as ambassador to Spain and France during the Revolutionary War, and negotiated the treaty ending that war. He was also among America’s first abolitionists. After his service on the Court, Jay was elected Governor of New York, where he advocated and ultimately passed (in 1799) legislation to abolish slavery in that state. By the time of his death, in 1829, all of New York’s former slaves had been emancipated.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • HurrikanEagle

      Yes the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and then he left to become the Governor of New York.

      How many Justices would make that change now? Sometimes it baffles me that it took our 3rd Chief Justice to implement so many things we’ve come to rely on as a country from our Supreme Court.

      • NCrissieB

        Maybe Jay was bored as Chief Justice. The Court heard only four cases in his six years. That figure is astonishing, given today’s Supreme Court caseload.

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

        • HurrikanEagle

          yes but what percentage of todays SCOTUS caseload is based off Judicial Review which John Jay didn’t need to worry about?

          • NCrissieB

            Yes, Jay sidestepped that. In the one could-have-been-judicial-review case that reached his Court, the decision was based on solely procedural grounds. Regardless, he didn’t seem to feel the Court was the best fit for him, and he went on to do good things as Governor of New York.

            Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • JanF

    Tuberculosis used to be a serious scourge:

    It is a disease as old as humankind and can be traced back to the Stone Age. Tubercular lesions have been found in Egyptian mummies dating back to 3700 B.C. In an­cient times tuberculosis was rife and was especially dangerous for women during childbirth. The scourge of the great white plague was so horren­dous that it claimed one out of seven lives—2 billion lives over the past two centuries. The international symbol for tuberculosis is «T,» symboliz­ing graves that it helped to create. Keats (1795-1821), Polish composer Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), and British movie star Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) were all in­flicted with and died of tuberculosis.

    Developing streptomycin to combat it was huge. Ironically, streptomycin probably kills more people now than TB does.

    • winterbanyan

      Sadly, TB is making a huge comeback. And it’s antibiotic resistant. Now there’s a subject I should look into for an article.

      • JanF

        Good idea! TB has been making a comeback in third world countries and probably in the parts of our country that seem third world. I would like to know more.

        Maybe you could host a Tuesday: Digging Deeper with some articles about it.

  • winterbanyan

    Okay, made it back from the car dealership in one piece, a rather amazing achievement on my part because it was dark, my cataracts turned everything into a big smear, and they’d changed the road on me.

    For heaven’s sake, who puts two left turn lanes on an interstate off ramp and then feeds them both into two more left turn lanes to get back on the highway???

    You do not want to know what blind me did to get back to a through lane….

    By the time I finished signing the car in and joined my daughter in her car, I was shaking, and I told her: “I am never again going to forget I can’t drive in the dark and who the hell moved the road?”

    She said that lane business was the stupidest thing she’s ever seen, and not even a sign to guide you. She made it of course, having eyes that work. Ha!

    • JanF

      Glad you made it back. I may need to run to the car dealership myself. My new tires make me feel like I am driving in a wheel barrow and I am not sure if it is because the old ones were so incredibly soft that the difference is stark or if something got messed up with the alignment. It was recommended that I get an alignment (which I did not have time for) but I wonder if they boofed it.

      I won’t take it back to the tire store for the alignment. I will take it to the dealership. Won’t hurt to get a second opinion.

      • winterbanyan

        Good idea, Jan. Then if you find out the tires themselves are the problem, you have something to confront the tire shop with.

        My daughter went for an oil change at a quickie place and they told her she had a leak in her oil pan gasket. I said, “but there’s no oil on the driveway.”

        To make a long story short, a couple of weeks later we checked her oil level and she was down a quart. So we added a quart and made plans to get the gasket changed. Except the car hasn’t lost a drop of oil since. Those SOBs evidently only gave her three quarts of oil.

        So who can you trust anymore? That’s why I took my car to the dealer today.

    • NCrissieB

      Sorry the drive was so hair-raising, winterbanyan, and very glad you made it back safely. Road construction is confusing even in the daytime. To navigate road construction at night is scary. To navigate it at night … with cataracts … is Halloween horror movie material….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan

        Ha! Should we tell Wes Craven?

        • NCrissieB

          Basso-profundo Voice Of God narrator:

          In a world where left is right, she just wanted to take the car for routine repairs. Now she’s fighting for her life. Coming soon to a theater near you, Wes Craven – creator of Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream – brings you … Road Construction Ahead. The lights will never blink again….

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • winterbanyan

            Now that’s a serious coffee spew! I’m LOL for real. Hate to admit that I was just about that scared. ;)

  • JanF

    Update to discussion yesterday about the NFL and leading with the helmet. On Wednesday the NFL will start adding suspensions to helmet hits … even for “first time offenders”.

    Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said Monday that harsher fines and possibly suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits could be coming immediately, even for first-time offenders.

    Anderson is involved with all levels of on-field discipline. After watching several Week 6 hits that he termed “egregious,” “flagrant,” and “really disturbing,” Anderson said the league “will be more proactive” in dealing with any cases of potential head and neck trauma.

    “It could happen immediately,” Anderson said of the initiative after several players suffered apparent concussions Sunday. “The level of discipline on those types of hits is going to be much more aggressive … and that could include a suspension even for a first-time offender.”

    • NCrissieB

      Even for first-time offenders? So players can’t inflict two or three free concussions before they get suspended? Gee. That’s unfair….

      By comparison, an San Diego Sharks (National Hockey League) player was suspended this week for three games because of a hit to the head. When the NFL needs to take lessons on controlling violence from the NHL … that may be a sign they’ve let things get out of hand….

      Good afternoon! ::hugggggs::

  • addisnana

    Yesterday was my youngest sons 31st birthday. We had a small group at his house and enjoyed a grilled meal. I do love asparagus done that way. The conversational jazz was very encouraging, especially as regards the TGOP stuff. I am glad young people like those 4 are part of the next generation.

    Winter, I told the story of the cape buffalo and they loved it.

    • NCrissieB

      Happy Birthday to youngest son! :grin:

      I’ve never had grilled asparagus, but ideas are already a’poppin. Sounds like a great meal and a great conversation, addisnana!

      Good afternoon! ::hugggggs::