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Campus Chatter – March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

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Campus Chatter – March 2, 2012

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England’s Richard III chartered the College of Arms today (1484). Also, the Bank of England issued the first one- and two-pound bank notes (1797), Congress passed the Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves (1807), the Republic of Texas declared independence (1836), Russia’s Alexander II signed the Emancipation Reform (1861), Congress passed the first Reconstruction Act (1867), New York City’s Martha Washington Hotel opened (1903), the Jones-Shafroth Act recognized U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans (1917), King Kong premiered (1933), the Steel Workers Organizing Committee signed a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel (1937), New Milford, Connecticut installed the first automatic street light (1949), the Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single game (1962), and Fermilab researchers announced their discovery of the top quark (1993). And data from the Galileo spacecraft suggested that Jupiter’s moon Europa may have a liquid ocean under a crust of ice (1998).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology took a break from spring cleaning to research this week’s Bippiescopes….

Pisces: Ask family members to help clean this weekend. Bribes may work.

Aries: You may find frustration while cleaning this weekend. You may also find those jeans.

Taurus: Get extra rest before you start cleaning this weekend. Or nap between rooms.

Gemini: You needn’t finish all of the cleaning this weekend. It’s never finished anyway.

Cancer: Don’t be grumpy with the family this weekend. Instead, vacuum while they nap.

Leo: Apply your diplomatic skills this weekend. Negotiate the Treaty of the Sponges.

Virgo: Of course you did your spring cleaning last weekend. Your medal is in the mail.

Libra: Unexpected guests could upset your weekend plans. Or they could wash windows.

Scorpio: Take time for yourself this weekend. After you show them how the spray mop works.

Sagittarius: The cat won’t help you clean this weekend. But she will supervise.

Capricorn: Give your self-confidence a boost this weekend. Use the step stool.

Aquarius: Don’t be afraid to ask friends for help this weekend. Virgos will have plenty of time.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with President Obama Highlights Auto Industry Rescue
    Furthermore! – The Squirrel with Breaking the Overton Window
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus QuestionLimbaugh’s real “religious or moral” objection to contraception coverage?
    Evening FocusThe Marriage Arrangers
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Social Class Tied to Lack of Ethics

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with President Obama, Not the GOP, Offers Solutions on Gas Prices
    Furthermore! – The Squirrel with The Smell of Schadenfreude
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Freidai Critters
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Startling Increase in Ocean Acidity

  • winterbanyan

    I love the Bippiescopes, especially since they tie in so well with all that’s been going on around here for the last two months. Sponges, huh? I’ll be needing to use one soon. ;)

    I hope all is well with everyone. They’re well enough here. We’re warm (mid 80s) but on Sunday will have storms cooling us down into the 60s.

    It looks as if a big front is going to affect much of the Midwest and East. Stay safe, folks.

    Good morning!

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      The National Weather Service has a big warning up, regarding “black ice” on the roads this morning. Apparently it was just above freezing for part of the storm, and it dropping below freezing overnight means there’s a real chance of ice on the roads.

      • winterbanyan

        Not good. I hope you don’t have to travel much today, Norbrook.

        • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

          No, I don’t, thankfully. Most of my traveling is going to be next week.

    • NCrissieB

      The Janitor Professor of Astrology did not specify whether the Treaty of the Sponges refers to an agreement about sponges or an agreement among sponges. Maybe it was the cloud cover obscuring the stars….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently 22 degrees, and the snow has stopped – at least for now. Looks like we had about 9″ total. It’s supposed to be warmer today, in the mid-30′s, and going into the 40′s tomorrow. However, we’re supposed to get a “wintry mix” starting late tonight and running into tomorrow. :-(

    Talked to my neighbor yesterday about his car. He is most definitely not happy with his daughter. It wasn’t one accident, it was two. Besides the damage I saw, she also did a number on the side that I didn’t see. I wondered why she’d parked it so close to the building. :roll: Then she was tried to weasel about how she hadn’t done it. Helpful hint to the kid: First, don’t post it on Facebook where your much older brother will see it; second, too many people saw you pull in and park it, and the damage to the car right away.; and third, all of those people ratted you out to your father, so trying to shift the blame just … irritates … him more.

    • winterbanyan

      Irritate is a mild word for what I’d be feeling if daughter tried to mislead me or, and you so generously call it: weasel. Of course, most kids try to pull that. ;) I used to tell my kids, “If you mess up, tell the truth, because almost nothing is going to make me as mad as finding out you lied about it.”

      That is one thing that definitely riles my temper.

      I hope your weather is better than predicted.

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        He would have been mad enough just for the damage. This past summer he’d had the car refinished, so it had a new paint job. Her trying to lie about it really set him off, particularly when her first response was to try to say that “someone hit it” or “borrowed it” after she dropped it off here. :shock:

        • winterbanyan

          Hoo boy! Of course this happens when a car is new or refinished. And she’s not even a good weaseler. ;)

      • Gardener

        Dear winter…… You are so right, and your “tell the truth” approach works in the workplace as well. I have been examined by The Boss, and just frankly admitted to violating the rules, only to hear him mutter, “I’d of done the same thing.”

        • winterbanyan

          I always believed that part of learning to be an adult is to accept responsibility for your actions, most especially your mistakes.

          But lying not only frosts me. As one of my daughters chose to learn the hard way, I might overlook one small lie, but give me another and it’ll be years before I trust you again. She still talks about it twenty years later. Even warned her younger sister. ;)

          That’s a cute story, Gardener

    • addisnana

      I am chuckling about lying but having posted it on Facebook. :roll: Was she thinking at all? Way to take a bad situation and make it worse!

      I’m with winter on the “don’t lie to me” rule. Not a button of mine that you’d want to push.

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        That was the “just how stupid are you?” moment for me. :lol: She posted that she’d had two accidents with her father’s car, and her brother saw it and called her. She tried to minimize it to him, too. :roll: I don’t think she realized that her brother had no reason not to rat her out to their father. :-P

        • trs

          I think this is more like a “how stupid do you think your father and brother are?” moment.

          One thing I learned early in my driving career – if you have an accident, admit it. There are too many ways for others to find out. I’ve also been impressing that on Kidlet. We’ve already told her she will have an accident somewhere along the line. We know she’ll be careful (she’s very scared about the possibility of hurting somebody while driving), but accidents will happen. That’s why they’re called accidents.

    • NCrissieB

      Uh oh. Damaging the car is bad, but accidents can happen to anyone in bad weather. Lying about having damaged the car would … irritate … me too.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Oh, and The Onion has a video about Rick Santorum and gay marriage.

    An emotional Rick Santorum stepped up his anti-gay rhetoric this week, saying jerks like Philadelphia’s Nicholas Wiseman should not be allowed to marry a man they barely know when there’s someone out there who truly cares for them

    :lol:

  • addisnana

    Good morning. :smile:

    We have a magical foggy morning here. If I don’t have to drive in it, I like the fog. I half expect to see the headless horseman come riding by.

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    In yesterday’s local paper about Davy Jones: His friends called him David.

    According to Dick, Jones always maintained a link to the legion of fans who first saw him on TV.

    “He gave as much to his fans as he got from them,” said Dick, who lives in South Glens Falls. “When you were in his presence, he had that gift of making you feel like you were the only person in the room, whether you were a woman or a man.”

  • trs

    Morning, everybody. At the freezing mark here, with a high of 55 expected. Rain tonight and tomorrow. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to bake brownies today or tomorrow. We’re taking them to an adoption support group gathering tomorrow night. Decisions, decisions…

    Not quite awake yet – need more coffee.

    • Gardener

      Mmmmm brownies! Me like! Send by e-mail please……

    • NCrissieB

      Bake extra brownies please. Gardener and your lowly mail room clerk both like them too…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • LI Mike

    Quick good morning

    Heading out to spend a few days with friends in Jupiter. Good Democrats, we’ll have fun mocking Rush, Santorum, Mitt and a few others. Actually no Republican, excepting Olympia Snowe, will escape our wrath. Well, one of us will find something bad to say about her, too. :smile: :twisted:

    See you soon.

    • NCrissieB

      I’m sure that, by the time you get to your friends’ house, Republicans will have provided plenty of new fodder for mocking….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        Brownie Story: Was helping a neighbor with his farming. His daughter was home, helping Dad, but she’d baked a pan of brownies to take to a function of some sort that night…..

        She: Well, I’m going to have to throw these brownies out and start over, they didn’t get done in the middle…….

        Me: (Looks at brownies)….. Just throw them into some aluminum foil and I’ll dispose of them for you.

        Heh, wow, they were great nuked, and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! :smile:

    • winterbanyan

      Jupiter is a lovely place. :) Enjoy your visit, Mike.

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    We have 56 degrees, clouds, and storm warnings…… Took a little drive yesterday, bought some onion sets. Planted 2 rows, one row entirely of yellow, one row alternating red with white. Had about a dozen left over, which I gave to a friend/ former co-worker/neighboring landowner when he stopped to visit later on….. Finished weeding the spring onions, the ones that winter-over, and rototilled between the rows (6). Have gone a bit overboard, as per usual…..

    My Facebook post this morning: A dictator conducts a wholesale slaughter of his people, and our U.S. Senate debates who should pay for contraceptives. If that doesn’t make you proud to be an American, I don’t know what will.

    Hope all well.

    Best, G

    • NCrissieB

      You clearly don’t understand the concept of “religious freedom,” Gardener. We must protect the First Amendment religious rights of employers and insurance companies. Those are corporations, so their First Amendment religious rights should outweigh the First Amendment religious rights of mere individual workers! :roll:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • addisnana

        We’ve gone from corporations are people to corporations are religious institutions. Let us all pray to “Our Lady of Perpetual Greed.” I am not on my knees for this nor do I ever intend to be.

        This whole thing has gone beyond silly.

        • winterbanyan

          It certainly has.

      • Gardener

        ;-) ;-)