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Campus Chatter – August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012

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Campus Chatter – August 31, 2012

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Byzantine Empress Theodora’s death ended the Macedonian Dynasty today (1056). Also, Norway’s King Håkon V Magnusson moved the capital from Bergen to Oslo (1314), England’s King Henry V died of dysentery in France and Henry VI became king at age 9 months (1422), Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Pittsburgh to explore the west (1803), Ferdinand von Zeppelin patented his navigable balloon (1895), Thomas Edison patented the Kinetoscope (1897), Detroit’s 8MK broadcast the first radio news program (1920), Radio Prague went on the air (1938), the USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship named to honor a black American, was commissioned (1943), Robert Menzies founded Australia’s Liberal Party (1945), Malaysia gained independence (1957), as did Trinidad and Tobago (1960), the Polish government signed the Gdańsk Agreement allowing the Solidarity trade union (1980), Kyrgyzstan declared independence (1991), the Provisional Irish Republican Army announced a ceasefire (1994), Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul died in an car crash in Paris (1997), and North Korea reported launching the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1 satellite (1998). And Norwegian police recovered Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream (2006).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology avoided the Republican National Convention speeches while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Virgo: Friends may offer praise this weekend. It’s about time they noticed.

Libra: Trust your intuition this weekend. Or trust your offshore accounts.

Scorpio: Things should be happy at home this weekend. Provided they obey you.

Sagittarius: Attend a resentment-sharing party this weekend. Talk about respect.

Capricorn: This is a good weekend for change. Unless you get short-changed.

Aquarius: Live your spiritual principles this weekend. Grouch about taxes.

Pisces: Enjoy a contemplative weekend. Share it with like-minded Twitterati.

Aries: Explore deep thoughts this weekend. Wash your navel afterward.

Taurus: Express your very serious nature this weekend. They should believe you.

Gemini: Be sensitive to others’ needs this weekend. Unless they’re screwups.

Cancer: Expect a mystery guest this weekend. Go ahead: make his day.

Leo: Demand a leadership role this weekend. After all … it’s your turn.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::

32 Responses to “Campus Chatter – August 31, 2012”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe New New Deal, Part I: Making It Law
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus QuestionDoes Paul Ryan think government should pick only his winners?
    Evening Focus – Winning Progressive with No Speech Can Reinvent “Severe Conservative” Mitt Romney
    Our EarthLand Rush or Water Rush?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe New New Deal, Part II: Making It Work
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – DOE: New Solar Technology Developments

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I’m putting in a plug here: you won’t want to miss Morning Feature today. It’s guaranteed to give you a whole new appreciation of President Obama. :)

  2. glendaw271 Says:

    Good morning! I have my surgery finally scheduled. This gallbladder will be coming out Tuesday afternoon.

    That’s all I’ve go for now. I’m still trying to figure out what the Clint Eastwood thing was last night. It totally upstaged Mitt’s big speech, unless maybe you were in the building. I still haven’t been able to watch the whole thing, and I’ve found it difficult to read through the transcripts of whatever it was, because I don’t think it was a speech. Performance art, maybe?

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Congratulations on your surgery! :) Doesn’t that sound like a weird thing to say? But I’m sure you must be desperate to feel better, and I can promise you will. A few hours after she came out of recovery, my daughter felt well enough to eat. I will never forget how thrilled she was that she ate half a hamburger and didn’t get sick. Like you, she hadn’t been able to hold anything down.

      So yes, Congratulations.

      About the Clint Eastwood thing, I don’t know. Someone forwarded me a column. Apparently he talked about “I built it myself” and then this columnist lambasted him with all the tax credits he received to make movies.

      Gah. I’ll never watch Eastwood again.

    • addisnana Says:

      So good to hear that your gallbladder surgery is scheduled. I hope that turns things around for you. :smile: We’ll be thinking on you on Tuesday for sure.

    • trs Says:

      Glad it’s scheduled. You’ll feel better soon. Just remember to follow the doctor’s instructions (and get somebody else to do any lifting for you for a couple weeks).

    • Gardener Says:

      Good deal! Glad to hear it Glenda. Maybe Clint Westwood can make a speech to your empty gallbladder location? ;-) ;-)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Congratulations on getting a surgery date, Glenda. Please let us know how you’re doing, and as trs said, please be careful as you heal. :smile:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  3. winterbanyan Says:

    Good morning, everyone. :) No news is good news, and I’m hiding from convention news. I read all the press headlines lambasting Ryan’s lies because they made me feel good, and then I dropped out again.

    Meanwhile our brand new party office has actually been busy. Good traffic for a place that only opened a week ago. :)

    At this time four years ago I was seeing McCain signs and bumperstickers all over this county. The Obama supporters were in stealth mode, so I was one of the most surprised when figures showed my immediate area had voted for Obama.

    This year I’ve seen only one Romney bumpersticker and I’m out nearly every day. That may change now, I don’t know, but for the moment, the lack of them is comforting.

    Hugggs to all!

    • glendaw271 Says:

      Are you still feeling better and keeping up the writing?

      • winterbanyan Says:

        I certainly am, Glenda. Thanks for asking. There’s still some healing going on, which I get reminded of every time I bend over, but it’s not bad. The relief is amazing. :)

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Oh, and voter ID laws have been struck down in both TX and FL.

      • glendaw271 Says:

        And didn’t the Florida court decision also indicate that the voter registration requirements that were added this year are killed as well? Or was that a separate decision?

        • winterbanyan Says:

          Voter Registration requirements have been permanently struck down. Registration can now resume.

          Considering that we registered a quarter million new Democrats in the state during the preceding year, and that after the law took effect we only registered 11,000, this is good news indeed. Clearly the law was severely hampering registration.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I agree on avoiding the RNC news. Apparently Clint Eastwood spoke last night. Okay. Then Mitt Romney spoke. Whatever. I’d rather focus on what we can do to help President Obama and other Democrats win in November.

      That said, I am glad the media have begun calling out the lies in real time, rather repeating it today and fact-checking it … whenever.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  4. addisnana Says:

    Morning. I listened to some of last night’s convention on the radio. I was mystified by Eastwood’s rambling but of course didn’t realize he was talking to an empty chair. How very strange that they wouldn’t let Ron Paul speak without vetting but apparently they didn’t vet Clint. I love that Obama tweeted a photo of himself in the Presidential cabinet meeting chair with “This chair’s taken.”

    My take on the whole thing….No plans shared. No vision shared. No truth respected. If you can’t run a convention why would we want you to run the country? I am glad it is over!

    Yesterday we got lots of thunder but barely any rain. Kind of a Republican weather day.

    • trs Says:

      They can’t run on specifics, because it would be “political suicide,” according to one of Rmoney’s spokesmen. That should be their first clue right there…

      The Obama thing is cool. I loved it!

      • winterbanyan Says:

        They keep giving us our own sticky messages don’t they: Running on the truth would be political suicide. Etch-a-Sketch. We won’t run our campaign based on fact-checkers.

        Ooooh!

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Sorry you didn’t get the rain you need, but I love the phrase: Republican weather. It’s perfect!

      Cute photo that Obama tweeted. I love it!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      As others have noted, Romney can’t share his vision or specific plans. As his aides have admitted, that would be “suicidal.” So he says whatever he thinks a particular audience wants to hear, trying to “reinvent” himself day-to-day and hour-to-hour. Winning Progressive summarized it well last night.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. LI Mike Says:

    Caught the Clint Eastwood talking to a chair thing. Eeks! I’ve come to have a grudging appreciation for “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” guy over the past decade…his movies are some of the few worth plunking down money for. One of those moments that will be remembered just as much as his movies. Glad you took away some Mitt time, Clint and got people talking about you as much as your nominee. Dirty Harry shot himself in the foot last night.

    Re Mitt. Disgraceful that he mocked Pres Obama because he believes in climate change. Chris Hayes said it best afterward. That moment will be in a future documentary about climate change to answer the question, “What were they thinking?”

    Republicans are odious. They give us these deficits, then complain about the deficit lamenting their poor grandkids having to pay for it, but when it comes to climate change and what it could do to our grandkids….ah, it’s made up. “Gets my blood a boilin,” as Dirty Harry would say.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Not only will that and many other moments come back to haunt them, Mike, but now they want to give us war with Iran. Didn’t their polling tell them that the majority of Americans are tired of war?

      And how can they run a war without increasing the deficit? Idiots.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      From what I’ve heard, the amazing Neil Diamond did the gist of Clint Eastwood’s schtick much better in musical form:

      “I am I said, to no one there. And no one heard at all, no not even the chair.”

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • NCrissieB Says:

      And since we Democrats believe in the promise of our nation and how we built ourselves:

      They’re still “Coming to America.” Let’s keep that dream alive!

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  6. trs Says:

    Good morning. Got the siding done on the north side up to where the gable starts. Was planning on not starting the gables until all sides are covered, but may change that – haven’t decided for sure yet.

    Foggy and 57 here – predicted high of 93. Probably pack it in a bit early today. I’m doing well on schedule, and don’t need the heat. We’ll see what my mood is like later.

    Going hiking in the wildlife management area that our land is by this weekend. We’re also going to talk to our neighbors out there about buying the lot next to ours – discuss timelines, etc.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Exciting to be considering buying an extra lot. I’d certainly be excited. :) Sounds like a very upbeat weekend.

      The heat can creep up on you almost without you realizing it. Do take care!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      When I lived in Okinawa, [mumblemumble] years ago, the base ran up the black flag if the temperature hit 90°. When the black flag was up, the MPs were authorized to arrest anyone working outside. Just sayin’…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • trs Says:

        Spring of 2011, I was putting black shingles on a roof in 100 degree heat. The temp of the shingles was 140. I almost passed out from the heat (fortunately, I got to the ground before I started feeling really bad).

    • addisnana Says:

      Stay safe in the heat trs. Will you need to drill a well on your land or is there already water there?