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Campus Chatter – November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012

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Campus Chatter – November 10, 2012

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René Descartes’ dreams inspired his Meditations on First Philosophy today (1619). Also, William Franklin, the last colonial governor of New Jersey, signed the charter for Queen’s College, now Rutgers University (1766), Samuel Nicholas founded the U.S. Marine Corps in Philadelphia’s Tun Tavern (1775), Rufina Alfaro issued the Cry of Independence at La Villa de Los Santos, Panama (1821), the wreck of the Stephen Whitney off Ireland’s south coast prompted the building of the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse (1847), Henry Morton Stanley uttered his famous greeting “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” upon finding David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika (1871), the Wilmington Insurrection began (1898), the American Legion held their first national convention in Minneapolis (1919), direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service began in the U.S. (1951), President Dwight Eisenhower dedicated the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery (1954), Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution (1958), Sesame Street premiered on National Educational Television, the forerunner to the Public Broadcasting Service (1969), the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a storm on Lake Superior (1975), the first Breeders’ Cup was held (1984), and WorldCom and MCI announced their $37 billion merger, the largest in U.S. history to that time (1997). And Spanish King Juan Carlos said “¿Por qué no te callas?” (“Why don’t you just shut up?”) to Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez during the Ibero-American Summit, on the same day an estimated ten to forty thousand people marched on the royal palace in Kuala Lumpur to demand electoral reform in Malaysia (2007).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureWill Republicans Unskew Themselves?
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters
    Campus QuestionIs firing workers based on how they vote, or election outcomes, a sensible business strategy?
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    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature“Throw ‘Em an Anvil?” (Non-Cynical Saturday)
    Noontime News at noon
    Campus Question at 6pm ET

  • winterbanyan

    Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps. :) I have a few marines in the family.

    Today in history is fascinating but I think my favorite was King Juan Carlos’ remark to Hugo Chavez. I think I will remember that in Spanish for future use. ;)

    A coda to last night’s Question which I missed. Massey Energy is one of several companies currently under investigation by the EPA because far too many miners are developing black-lung disease. So much for all those OSHA rules, and I suspect this had something to do with the temper tantrum that cost so many Massey employees their jobs. When the investigation is complete, there will likely be a large fine, and tighter restrictions…as well as more inspections. I hope so.

    Hugggs and good morning!

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently 35 degrees and cloudy. We’re supposed to get rain later on today. On the agenda today is … cleaning the apartment. I really do have to put away the laundry, as well as deciding what needs to go to the dump. I liked David Frum’s assessment of the Republicans and why there’s such a freakout:

    The problem with the Republican leaders is that they’re cowards, not that they’re fundamentally mistaken. The real locus of the problem is the Republican activist base and the Republican donor base. They went apocalyptic over the past four years, and that was exploited by a lot of people in the conservative world. I won’t soon forget the lupine smile that played over the head of one major conservative institution when he told me that our donors think the apocalypse has arrived, that Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex.

    Well, I think they’re fundamentally mistaken too, but he’s definitely hit the points about the right-wing lie machine.

    • winterbanyan

      That’s a fascinating observation from Frum. On a broader scale, I honestly think that financial interests have been trying to break us for a long time. They wanted to ruin the economy, sweep in and buy everything up, take all the money and leave us in ruins.

      They’ve done this before in other countries. Claims that financial interests were attempting to undermine the euro, for example, have been around since long before the financial crisis became a blip on the radar.

      They wanted an apocalypse. They just didn’t get the one they wanted. At least not here.

      Have fun with the winter cleanup. We start ours this week. Ugh.

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        In other words, they want to be Bain Capital. ;-)

        As I said on my blog, when you read through the conservative freakouts, you realize that 90% plus of it is based on things they believe, not on any objective evidence. In fact, reality and facts are completely at odds with their belief. :roll:

        • winterbanyan

          They clearly live in an alternate universe. I’m just sorry our universes intersected.

          According to parallel universe theory, 8.9% of parallel universes saw the election of Mitt Romney. I wish we could just move all of them from here to their preferred universe. ;)

          • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

            Speaking of “inhabiting an alternate universe,” November 16′th is circled on my calendar. That’s the day Orly Taitz is in Federal court in Mississippi with one of her birther cases. The lawyers for the MS Democratic Party are going after her big time, they’re talking about getting 6 figure sanctions imposed. :lol:

            • winterbanyan

              ooh, wouldn’t that be nice!

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        The winter clean-up is weeding through the field clothes, deciding what’s terminal and which is not, and putting away the ones that are still good. That, and I really do have to go through and re-organize things here. :cry:

        • winterbanyan

          Running a business out of the home creates chaos. Period. And it’s long past time for me to clean some of that up. Then there’s the other stuff that went by the wayside during the campaign.

          I already cleaned the closet of unusable clothes, and donated the decent stuff. Now it’s the other stuff. It’s one of those situations where I get overwhelmed just thinking about it….

          • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

            My problem (besides the fact my apartment is very small) is that I have three sets of clothing. I have “field clothes,” which I wear in the field, and often move out there, “office clothes” which I’m starting to wear again, and “anything else.” Right now I have two sets of jeans which are beyond salvage, three sweatshirts, two sets of shoes, etc. all of which need to be discarded.

    • trs

      Iriti just finished reading Frum’s latest e-book. Apparently, he says the same thing there, and adds that the GOP needs to go hard center to remain relevant.

    • addisnana

      Frum’s been saying this for at least a couple of years. Oddly enough, not a lot of Republicans are following him. Hmmm.

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        One of the comments Scarborough made that struck me was that “you don’t run the most conservative candidate, you run the most conservative candidate you can win with.”

        There’s a lesson there that the “purity” faction in the Democratic Party needs to learn as well. I know that they had conniption fits when the party here selected my representative to run, because he wasn’t “a true progressive.” :roll: Funny, but he’s now been re-elected twice. I happen to know (history) that “true progressives” get about 23% of the vote up here. So he’s as liberal as will win here. ;-)

        • Jim W

          Environmentalists have learned the lesson. Washington Post article includes:

          The environmental community scored a string of successes Tuesday in states ranging from New Mexico to Montana to Texas, winning seven out of eight targeted Senate races and at least three, and possibly four, of their targeted House races. Although plenty of outside groups poured money into these contests, even some fossil fuel industry representatives said environmentalists invested their resources wisely in 2012.

          “There is evidence that the environmentalists have become a more mature political force,” said Scott Segal, who lobbies for utility companies at the firm Bracewell & Giuliani.

          “Environmentalist spending was up considerably this cycle, and they seemed to resist the frequent trap of supporting third-party or crank candidates in ways that would have siphoned off votes from mainstream Democrats,” Segal said.

          • winterbanyan

            Excellent news, Jim! Thanks for sharing this.

  • winterbanyan

    In the category of WTF? I am now being followed on twitter by Homeland Security Terror Alerts. For real. I never followed them, they don’t follow everyone who does follow them and…

    WTF? I keep looking at that and wondering why I should be interested in terror alerts, or why they should be interested in any of the few things I say….

    Glitch. Obviously….

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      Twitter has been having issues the past day or three. Yesterday their feed API went haywire :roll: and apparently they “reset” a bunch of passwords the day before that. I don’t spend much time on Twitter in the first place, so mostly problems with it are usually something I see in the tech reporting after the fact.

      • winterbanyan

        I don’t spend a whole lot of time there either. It’s something I can’t really get into. Occasionally I check in for chuckles, and it has led me to some news I might have missed otherwise, but it’s just not my thing.

    • Gardener

      Probably you are someone they need to keep an eye on…….! ;-)

      • winterbanyan

        Well, that rather makes me feel like 007. ;)

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    We have a few wisps of clouds, pink with the dawn, a fairly brisk south wind and 56 degrees…… Yesterday saw a sort of annual bookend. The completion and covering of the woodpile. Pile is 18′ X 8′ X 4-5′in height. Shaped rather like a loaf of home made bread, so as to shed water off of the rubber roofing cover, which is nailed at all 4 edges……. Contains about 4.5 honest cords.

    Can’t tarry! Auction up in town, I hope to buy a “Laclede Gas & Light” red lantern for our eldest daughter. She works at Laclede…….. They have a few RR lanterns as well, nothing fancy though…….

    The Republicans certainly aren’t taking this latest shellacking well. Makes me sort of giddy, to tell the truth. Appears they believed their own BS machine, Faux “News.” :smile: :smile: :smile:

    Hope everyone has a decent day!

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan

      Have a great time at the auction, Gardener, and I hope you get than lantern for your daughter. :)

      I must admit I, too, am enjoying the whining. Not very nice of me, but I’m not feeling very nice about them.

      • Gardener

        Me neither. I am an anvil chucker! ;-)

    • addisnana

      Curiosity’s up here. Is the 8 foot dimension 8 foot logs? Do you have to cut stuff up for the wood stove again after you take it from the wood pile?

      Have fun at the auction!

      • Gardener

        Naw….. Is 4 rows of 2 foot pieces. BUT, this pile will be split into much finer pieces in the winter of ’13-’14.

        This winter, will split the wood stacked up and covered last year.

        Wood spends one year way out back, split into large pieces, then is split into the desired size and stacked for another year in the woodshed before being burned. Gets you very dry wood, and therefore, no creosote problems in the chimney.

        • trs

          That’s a good way to handle it. Right now on our new land is a 10′ high by about 10′ round pile of logs from the trees cut on our land. It’s being split between the two guys that cut the trees down. Most of it has had a year to dry, so it should be good to split and use. It came in handy for them after Sandy – there was no power in that area for several days.

  • addisnana

    Good morning. We’re having very mild weather. High’s in the mid 50′s and lows above freezing. The geese are still around. I’m not complaining, just registering an observation. I got over-involved in the election and my weather watching turned to SuperstormSandy and Athena. Nothing much to ‘watch’ here weather wise.

    • Gardener

      I’d like geese better if they weren’t so, uh, um, “messy.”

    • winterbanyan

      We’ll be covering El Nino in eco news tomorrow. Apparently it’s not going to happen which means the SW can expect more drought, and the NE more winter storms. Not good.

      Glad you’re enjoying mild weather. :) That’s always a pleasure.

  • Gardener

    Oh! Oh! Day 4 of the Ted Nugent Jail/Death Watch…… Poor Mr. Poopypants!

  • trs

    Good morning. 36 currently, with a high of 61 in the outer limits of Beltway Blogistan. I have finished week one of my new job without getting fired or anything of that nature, so it was a good week. Seriously, the week went well. I learned quite a bit. I don’t see me doing this job for the rest of my life, but it is a decent job.

    Today, I start work on the doghouse for my friends that I did the garage for. Should be fun. Tonight, we’re checking out a car show at the Martinsburg mall, and tomorrow the plans are for a hike of some kind.

    • Gardener

      Old cars or new?

      I’d like to know more about the Chevrolet Volt……..

      • trs

        Old cars. The people we bought our land from own two – the wife owns a 1969 Camaro (my brother owned one of these when I was a kid), and the husband owns a 1948 Chevy pick-up. They win awards at most shows they go to.

        I’m with you – I’d like to know more about the Volt. Of course, I also wish Honda would develop an electric car for the US market – the Insight and other hybrids are as close as they have right now, and I love the Insight. I used to own one, and I still miss it.

  • trs

    Election News: Rmoney’s popular vote total is currently 47.9% and going down. Appropriate, no?