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Campus Chatter – April 15, 2012

April 15, 2012

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Campus Chatter – April 15, 2012

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Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published today (1755). Also, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut (1817), President Abraham Lincoln died (1865), General Electric was founded (1892), the closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics were held (1896), the Titanic sank (1912), insulin became widely available for the treatment of diabetes (1923), Rand McNally published their first road atlas (1924), Jackie Robinson played his first regular season game for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1947), Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s franchise (1955), the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the west coast’s first Major League Baseball game (1958), Ella Baker led a conference at Shaw University that soon formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960), and 96 English soccer fans died in the Hillsborough Disaster (1989). And the Marrakesh Agreements set the framework for the World Trade Organization (1994).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

28 Responses to “Campus Chatter – April 15, 2012”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureTEDscotch, Part III: Mistakes and Humility (Non-Cynical Saturday)
    Campus QuestionWhy does this never happen when the BPI Squirrel has to travel?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureHe Said What? (Ask Ms. Crissie)
    Furthermore! – Winning Progressive with Weekend Reading
    Noontime News at noon
    Campus Question at 6pm
    Evening Focus at 7pm – Silly Sunday: Confusion Day Edition
    Our Earth at 8pm – Eco News Roundup

  2. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    A breezy 64 degrees this fine day. Looks like there were bad storms out west last night….. Will be off to a union meeting in a couple hours, the mineworkers. I understand that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin will be paying a visit to Springfield Tuesday. Some of us are planning a reception for him. ;-) I’ve thought to make a cardboard sign, “SCOTT WALKER – - RE-CALL HOME!” What say ye? Any suggestions?

    Best, G

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Can you have a spaceship hovering over his shoulder in that sign? ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Glad to know the storms missed you, Gardener. I was looking at the map last night and hoping your windows weren’t rattling.

      As for your sign, I’m giggling. If you know any ET’s, suggest they come and get him. Too clever!

  3. addisnana Says:

    Good morning.

    We were north of the bad weather and just got a bit of rain. Family in NE also escaped. Others were not so lucky.

    I hope you are all safe and sound.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Glad to know that storm missed you, too, addisnana. It was looking really bad there for a while. Glenda looked like she might be in for some of it. I hope not.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Glad to hear that you and your family escaped the storm, addisnana. I hope the front weakened overnight and the threat will pass.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  4. winterbanyan Says:

    Good morning, everyone. :) Had a really good night of sleep last night. That makes everything look a little brighter.

    Melissa Harris-Perry discussed sexual slavery on her show yesterday. The numbers are appalling (300,000 in the US alone). So is the treatment of underage prostitutes who are often convicted of crimes when, had they not been being pimped, would have been protected by laws that make it illegal to have sex with a minor. Double standard.

    I hope everyone is well this morning. :)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Jailing underage prostitutes while letting the johns go free speaks volumes about the myth of gender equality in the U.S.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Norbrook Says:

        It’s also a “disconnect” between how we treat things in the legal system. If the girls hadn’t been prostitutes, the johns would have been charged with rape and labeled sex offenders.

    • addisnana Says:

      Good to hear that you slept well, winter. I think it’s time for a going-away party for whatever bug you’ve been hosting.

  5. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning! It’s currently 58 degrees here and cloudy. It’s supposed to rain for the next two days, before clearing on Tuesday. It’s going to be a busy week, what with getting the oil changed on the car, wrapping up any last details for my successor, and a trip down to my aunt’s place for a day or two. The good thing about being down there for a while is that I can shoehorn in my shopping for the field work. I could use a couple of pairs of new jeans and a new set of work shoes.

    I took a hike around the area yesterday, and right now, it’s not terribly interesting from a photographic standpoint. The snow is gone, the ground is still somewhat wet, the lakes aren’t at their usual full capacity. But there’s not much in the way of wildlife or plants appearing yet. I saw a chipmunk and a duck, and that was about it. It’ll be another week or two before things start to sprout.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I’m sure the chipmunk and duck were happy to be seen, unless you caught them in a tender moment…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Jim W Says:

      The deer browsing next door have been entertaining many of the members of our complex. I have a parking lot view so I have to go to the next building to watch them. They have not posted a viewing schedule.

  6. LI Mike Says:

    Good morning,

    Glad to read about your good night of sleep, Winter.

    Well, am now reporting in from long Island. I have to break this formula somehow: From Boca Raton, Fla, to Exit 13 on the NJ Turnpike I avg about 65 mph (would be higher except for Wash, D.C. area). From NJT Exit 13 to the Queens/Nassau NY border, I avg about 25 mph.

    I will blame NJ Gov Chris Christie who, along with Republican comrades Gov Scott and Gov Walker believe in refusing transportation money. In Christie’s case lying about the amounts NJ will have to pay to improve mass transit.

    I often wonder about the reaction of first time drivers in the greater NY area, I would assume that many find it daunting.

    • addisnana Says:

      Glad you made it home safely, Mike. Did you get to see the President on campus in Florida?

      • LI Mike Says:

        Hi Addisnana,

        Couldn’t make it to see the president. Ms LI Mike had one last follow up doctor visit.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Glad you made it home safely, Mike. As for snarled traffic and improving mass transit … that’s a priority for Democrats and anathema for Republicans. ::sigh::

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Glad to hear you’re safely home, Mike. I understand the frustration with the last leg. It’s been a while, but I’ve driven there.

  7. addisnana Says:

    Just for the record, I am sooo sick of hearing about the Titanic! Some of the coverage I can pass by but it’s in the crossword today. I may just skip that too. The crossword is part of my morning routine. Decisions. Decisions.

  8. Gardener Says:

    Glad to hear Mike home and winter is sleeping……

    Good stuff @ teh GOS today. Diary up on ALEC, and information therein on a website ALEC Exposed, that I need to check out. I am pretty well hooked on the Pundit Roundups, try to read them every day!

    I’d better get some cereal going, then off to the union meeting. Makes me feel all “womby” surrounded by those Democrats……. ;-)

    Best, G

    Solidarity Forever!!

  9. Norbrook Says:

    OK, I have to admit I love this obituary.

    Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died.