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Campus Chatter – November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

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Campus Chatter – November 13, 2012

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Æthelred II ordered the St. Brice’s Day Massacre today (1002). Also, James Braid saw the first demonstration of a technique he came to call hypnotism (1841), the Denny Party lands at Alki Point before crossing Elliot Bay to found the settlement at Seattle (1851), Australia’s Labor Party expelled Prime Minister Billy Hughes over his support for conscription (1916), the Holland Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey opened (1927), Britain defeated France to win the first Rugby League World Cup (1954), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Alabama law segregating public buses in Browder v. Gale, ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1956), an estimated half-million people died in a single night as the Bhola Cyclone struck Bangladesh (1970), the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated (1982), Xavier Suarez was sworn in as Miami, Florida’s first Cuban-born mayor (1985), the Compact of Free Association gave the Federation of Micronesia independence from the U.S. (1986), citizens of Sweden voted to join the European Union (1994), the Philippine House passed articles of impeachment against President Joseph Estrada (2000), and President George W. Bush ordered military tribunals for foreigners suspected of planning or participating in terrorist acts against the U.S. (2001). And the Russian Federation withdrew from the Soviet-era Batumi military base in Georgia (2007).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::


38 Responses to “Campus Chatter – November 13, 2012”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe Victory Lab (Meta Monday)
    Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of offline political activism!
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with Post-Campaign Reflections
    Campus QuestionAre secession petitions a “flood,” or a trickle of sour grape juice?
    Our EarthExploring Frontiers in Energy and More

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with More Progressive Election Victories to Celebrate
    Furthermore! – The Squirrel with Go West, Poopy Head
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: The Post-Election Auction
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – The Great Shakeout

  2. winterbanyan Says:

    If you are blind in FL, bringing your “cheat sheet” of your decisions on how to vote won’t save you. You will be required to listen on headphones to every single word on the ballot (including all the proposed amendments, start to finish) read very slowly to you before you get to vote on each candidate or measure.

    Yesterday I spoke with a man who took two blind people to the polls. After an hour he went looking for them for fear they might have exited through the wrong door. He found the wife and she explained she had just finished and now her husband was voting, and she was not pleased. Being unable to interrupt the reading and vote, when she had already made up her mind, apparently annoyed her no end. (A sighted voter, of course, would not have had this problem.)

    It did not, however, annoy my friend the driver. He was prouder of getting the two of them to the polls than he was of all the phone calls he had made.

    Hugggs and good morning!

  3. winterbanyan Says:

    Oh, we had a life-size free-standing cutout of our President at our victory party last night. I had to ask, “Is that really life size???” He projects so much strength and power and personality that to just see him like that, you realize he may be tall, but he’s very slight.

    Like Bobby Kennedy. I was amazed when I met him. He should have been about ten feet tall and a hundred pounds heavier. ;) Instead he was just a little wisp of a guy.

    Which just goes to show, I guess, that it’s the lion inside that matters.

  4. NCrissieB Says:

    I’m glad he was able to help them get to the polls. Stories like that make me feel good about democracy, even if these voters did have to sit through the tedious recordings of each ballot question.

    From what I heard – and it may be simply rumor – the voting procedure for the blind was automated amidst concerns that poll workers might influence voters’ decisions, intentionally or not, in reading the questions. Blind voters now use voting machines with buttons labeled in Braille, and are given a pair of headphones. A recorded voice slowly reads out each candidate for a given race, or the text of each ballot question, prompts the voter to press a button to vote, and confirms each choice made.

    I see the merit in that procedure. It failed this year because of the ridiculous number of proposed constitutional amendments. There were eleven, and only because the Florida Supreme Court rejected a twelfth.

    None belonged on the ballot as constitutional amendments and collectively they slowed the voting process to a near-crawl. The last ballot was cast in Miami-Dade County at 1:30am – six-and-a-half hours after the polls closed – and that voter was in line when the polls closed at 7pm. It was a disgrace.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I can understand the automation. What I cannot understand is why a blind voter shouldn’t be able to interrupt the reading at any point and cast a vote. That’s what boggles my mind. There is no reason to assume that blind voters haven’t already considered all the issues and decided how to vote before they arrive.

    • Gardener Says:

      Agreed. A disgrace! But probably “accidently on purpose.”

      • NCrissieB Says:

        More than a few people have suggested that possibility, Gardener. That may well be a prominent theme in the 2014 elections…. ;-)

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. trs Says:

    Good morning. 40 and sprinkles now, high of 45 expected. It rained overnight – which means I get to work in mud today.

    We had a water leak repair yesterday afternoon. If it’s the main water line, it’s the county’s responsibility. If it’s after the house main cut-off, it’s the homeowners. If it’s between the meter at the street and the cut off for the house, it’s our responsibility. The ground here is pure shale. It took us about 3 hours to dig a trench about 25′ from the house to the meter. It then took us about a half hour to hook up the new water line and get it running. Today we have to back fill the hole, and heat tape and insulate the line where it runs under the house. Joy…

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Is “I get to work in mud today” a good thing?

      That’s not a rhetorical question. Sometimes I like getting muddy. Don’t ask why. Maybe it harkens back to childhood. It’s silly but still fun. So if you like it, I’ll offer congratulations. If not … condolences. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Sounds like an utterly miserable day, trs, with more in store. How was the leak discovered?

      I’m curious because I had one and found out about it the hard way. Since it was underground, I couldn’t see anything. Then came the first huge water bill. I called the water folks and they brushed it aside saying it must be my water softener recycling too often. Hmm. Then came the next. By this time I owed a small fortune. So I called again. “You had a water leak after our meter, which means it’s your responsibility, and you’re very lucky that our meter man repaired it for you at no charge.”

      Really? I’m gushing water and he couldn’t even take the time to put a note on my door the first time he read the meter? What’s more, when I first called about it, you dismissed my concern rather than suggesting I get someone to check the water line?

      So yeah, I’m curious as to how you found it. Was it usage or something else?

    • addisnana Says:

      I’m so glad to know there are people like you who can do jobs like this. I’d be at a total loss. :smile:

  6. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning! it’s currently 40 degrees, which is the high temp today. We had a lot of rain last night. I woke up several times because of the rain beating on the roof. This morning, there’s an inch of slush on the roofs and car, so maybe some of the noise was due to sleet, not rain. :cry: The rest of the week look fairly nice, though.

    Today’s docket includes various catch-up things, including making an appointment for an oil change and inspection on the car.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I like the sound of rain on the roof at night. Alas, in South Blogistan, the sound of rain on the roof at night is usually drowned out by the booming of thunder … which is much less … hmm … restful…. :shock:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I used to love the sound of rain on a tin roof. Spending a winter in Biloxi at Keesler AFB gave me a lot of experience with that. So pleasant.

      Sorry yours awoke you. Slush, huh? Ugh.

    • addisnana Says:

      Thanks for the reminder. I need to get my oil changed today also.

  7. addisnana Says:

    Good Morning. The terra cotta warriors from China are on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I plan to go and check them out this afternoon. I’ve read about them and they appear in novels every once in a while so this is my chance to see them.

    I am still recovering from the election busyness. I feel like I should be calling someone. I’m going on a little road trip. I need to visit my Aunt and then I’m stopping by my cousins. It looks like the roads will be clear for this so that’s a good thing.

    • Norbrook Says:

      One reason I always try to take at least a week off between “field season” and “office season” is to help shift mental gears. I have to break the habit of “that footbridge needs some new…” sorts of things, which usually involve a lot of running into the woods, and shift to “I have to write reports, have meetings, and answer the phone.” :lol:

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Enjoy the terra cotta warriors. :) I’m envious. I cannot for the life of me find out if they’ll be in my area. Of course these exhibits move slowly, so it might be a year or more down the road.

      I hope they’re the real ones. I went to an Alexander the Great exhibit and was very disappointed to realize everything in it was a replica. Interesting, yes, but not the same as seeing the real thing which has survived so many thousands of years. I get why that happens, but I swear, it’s just not the same.

      Enjoy your road trip!

    • Gardener Says:

      Road Trip! :smile:

      • addisnana Says:

        My cousin is in St. Louis. Any chance that sharing a cup of coffee with you and PW could be on my agenda? I can’t find your email.

        • Gardener Says:

          Yes, yes, absolutely! How about a visit out here and some of Gardener’s world-famous BBQ pork steaks?


          I’ll have to fish you out of the spam blocker, so send a test message soon pls!

          • NCrissieB Says:

            I edited your email addy so you won’t get spammed. Crawlers look at websites for email addresses. :)

            Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Just so you know, those terra cotta warriors came to life in the documentary The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and they weren’t happy. You might take appropriate precautions … like having Brendan Fraser go with you as a bodyguard…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  8. Gardener Says:

    Good frosty morning!

    We have an even 32 degrees and a clear, blue sky. Food pantry went well, but only 2 pallets rec’d and stored. The usual suspects in attendance…… Stopped for lunch on the way home, then test drove a Chevy Volt. Nice car, and as you may suspect, very, very quiet!

    Checked out precinct by precinct vote counts. Although BHO lost our precinct 146 to 68, my State’s Attorney candidate pal won it 104 to 100. :smile: :smile: The rest of the county was not so kind, he (S.A, guy), only won 4 or 5 other precincts, and lost badly overall. Still…….. Is a testament to canvassing, IMO…….

    Pulled the beets yesterday afternoon, looks like a nice batch. Will wreck the tomato plants today, they are as dead as Rmoney’s White House dreams!

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Well, that’s some description of the tomato plants. :lol:

      Will getting only 2 pallets of food affect your ability to deliver to the needy? I’m wondering how much is being shipped to the NE, not that you would know.

      • Gardener Says:

        Our individual churches try to make up for any shortfall in the USDA shipments. Each member church in the Food Pantry has a weekend day when they distribute foodstuffs to our clients. If the main pantry is short, the committee sends word, and the member churches make up the difference, if they can……

        Yeah, idk about the NE. I doubt our local operations are affected…….

        • winterbanyan Says:

          That sounds like a great way to handle shortfalls. Feeding the hungry is probably one of the greatest works we can do in life. Thanks, Gardener.

          • Gardener Says:

            Aw shucks…… I am really a late arrival to the FP, was going for 2 years before I retired and was able to help……. It’s very enjoyable, though, I must say!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      That is indeed a testament to the effectiveness of canvassing, Gardener. We’ll talk about that more later this week in Morning Feature. Congratulations on your outstanding work as a precinct leader, and please pass my condolences to your friend on the results elsewhere in the county.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  9. addisnana Says:

    The Colbert report last night had a cool clip of how to wind down his super pac and avoid taxes.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      That was amazing! I laughed but found it scary, too. Something needs to be changed in the tax code for sure.

      Thanks for posting this!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      That sound you heard was Republican SuperPAC donors’ brains exploding as they realize all the money they gave Karl Rove and others like him has just … vanished…. :twisted:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::