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Campus Chatter – January 18, 2013

January 18, 2013

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Campus Chatter – January 18, 2013

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The week-long Nika Riots, sparked by chariot race hooligans in Constantinople, ended today (532). Also, Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, Peru (1535), Frederick I crowned himself King of Prussia (1701), the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay, Australia with 736 convicts and their children (1788), Melbourne, Australia’s Wesley College was founded (1866), Wilhelm I was proclaimed the first Emperor of a united Germany (1871), the Hockey Association of England created the sport of field hockey (1886), Henry Louis Smith displayed the first x-ray machine (1896), President Theodore Roosevelt sent the first trans-Atlantic radio message originating in the U.S., to England’s King Edward VII (1903), Eugene Ely landed a plane on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania (1911), Japan issued her “Twenty-One Demands” to China (1915), the Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles on the same day Ignacy Jan Paderewski became Prime Minister of newly-independent Poland and Bentley Motors was founded (1919), Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden performed in the first jazz concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City (1944), Willie O’Ree took the ice for the Boston Bruins as the first black National Hockey League player (1958), the Israeli and Egyptian governments signed a disengagement of forces agreement ending the southern front of the Yom Kippur War (1974), scientists identified Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria responsible for the previous summer’s deadly outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia (1977), the European Court of Human Rights found the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland (1978), the International Olympic Committee restored Jim Thorpe’s medals to his family (1983), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was observed for the first time in all 50 states (1993), a mysterious explosion in Cando, Spain cleared 200 cubic meters of earth and blew down trees up to 100m away (1994), the Tagish Lake meteorite struck British Columbia (2000), the Sierra Leone Civil War officially ended (2002), and Hurricane Kyrill killed 47 people in England and Western Europe (2007). And over 115,000 websites joined in an internet blackout to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Internet Protocol Act (PIPA) (2012).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology chose to emulate Frederick I, whom his grandson Frederick the Great described as “great in small things and small in great things,” while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Capricorn: Focus on immediate problems this weekend. They’ll find you.

Aquarius: Your age starts tomorrow. Consider singing lessons.

Pisces: Life will be clearer this weekend. The new glasses look cool.

Aries: Avoid major risks this weekend. Meet Private Promises instead.

Taurus: Don’t take sides this weekend. Smug neutrality won’t help either.

Gemini: Be a trendsetter this weekend. That’s Astrologese for “weird.”

Cancer: Be nurturing but not overprotective this weekend. Don’t ask.

Leo: Expect unfulfilled expectations this weekend. Except that one.

Virgo: Apply an ounce of prevention this weekend. Convert it to metric.

Libra: Don’t be afraid to speak your mind this weekend. Silence is golden.

Scorpio: Watch out for deception this weekend. Trust us on this.

Sagittarius: Explore your emotions this weekend. They’re on YouTube.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureSqueezed, Part I: Slipping Away
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus QuestionWill U.S. pay for 2010 midterms until 2020?
    Evening Focus – Winning Progressive with Now Is the Time To Act to Curb Gun Violence
    Our EarthBetter Sources for Biofuels

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureSqueezed, Part II: Coalitions and Cookies
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters
    Campus Question at 6pm ET

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently -3 degrees here and clear. We had about an inch of snow yesterday, but nothing predicted for today. Tomorrow afternoon, we’re supposed to get more, with up to 6″ falling. Yesterday’s trip to the dentist was uneventful, which is a good thing. :lol: I am glad I picked the 12:30 appointment instead of the 9:00 one, because it was snowing pretty heavily at 9.

    Unfortunately, when I got home there was a message on the answering machine. My aunt is in intensive care, with a very bad intestinal infection (probably C. difficile) that’s causing some bleeding. :cry:

    • addisnana

      I hope your aunt recovers, Norbrook….if that is the right thing to hope for. At a certain age I’m not quite sure what is the best thing to hope for. My aunt, age 94 just bounced back from an infection that her kids thought might be the end.
      The ‘test’ in our family is that her bridge game was back and her interest in playing was as strong as ever.

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        Apparently, the intestinal infection is a complication from her being on high dose antibiotics for another infection.

    • winterbanyan

      I’m so sorry about your aunt, Norbrook. My thoughts are with you.

      I guess you timed that dentist visit just right. The reports along the east coast right now are pretty bad. They had a record flood in NC and are now dealing with black ice on the roads. And a great time was had by all??

      Seriously, I’m sure the snow is good for you generally, but sorry you’ll have to break out that shovel again this weekend.

    • Gardener

      Best to auntie!

    • NCrissieB

      I hope your aunt gets well soon, Norbrook. Please send her our best wishes from the faculty, staff, and student body of BPI. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • addisnana

    Good morning. It would seem that winter has arrived here. I wore my new and most comfortable flip-flops out yesterday (it was 61) and realized that they are not all-weather gear. To quote Rick Perry, “Oops.” I got hypnotized by the regularity of 80 something.

    This headline Obama Gun Proposals Praised by Scientists made me smile.

    “Having an understanding of the best available scientific information on a topic is necessary for the best informed decision-making,” said Michael Halpern, the program manager for scientific integrity at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit that advocates the use of scientific research in solving policy problems.

    What a thought! There is hope for us yet. :smile:

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      Jimmy Kimmel had a roundup of Southern California news anchors and weather people talking about the “arctic blast” and how terribly cold it was there. It was awful, the temperature actually got down to 50! Oh, the suffering! :lol:

    • winterbanyan

      It would be so nice to get back to science. The move away from it has been both bemusing and frightening, depending on the subject.

    • Gardener

      Just like that uppity smart aleck…………. ;-) ;-) ;-)

    • NCrissieB

      Yes, South Blogistan is always warm … until it isn’t. Then 55° feels … a whole lot colder than 55°…. :shock:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Jim W

    Beltway Blogistan missed the snow. We stayed above freezing and had more mist then rain. High of 57 degrees predicted for the weekend.

    Not so for the folks south of us.

    • winterbanyan

      Glad you missed the worst of it, Jim. And you’re right about areas to your south. Some are really suffering.

    • NCrissieB

      I hope the mist and rain don’t turn to snow and black ice, Jim. Please stay safe. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    Here to wish everyone a happy day. :) No news here, except daughter and her husband will be arriving late on Saturday for the week. That’s always a joy.

    Oh yeah, and it’s a bit chilly. I won’t complain about the cold, even though it’s 41 right now, because that wouldn’t be fair to North Blogistanis who appear to be headed into a real deep freeze.

    Over the next week we’re going to have more “seasonable” temperatures for us: low 70s and upper 60s for highs. I expect to be chilly, but only because I’m used to warmer temps. No complaining. I actually look forward to the winter break in the heat.

    Hugggs to all!

    • Gardener

      You have the Phantom Flip-Flop Buyer to thank for cooler WX! :smile:

      • addisnana

        If everyone had flip flops, would global warming go away? I don’t think so but it does have a simplistic ring of ‘solution’ to it. ;-)

        • winterbanyan

          :lol: :lol:

        • Gardener

          :smile: :smile: :smile:

    • NCrissieB

      I don’t mind the cooler weather, but I do need to leave a memo to myself on my pillow: “Keep feet under blanket while sleeping.” :shock:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    Clear and 27 degrees. Norby can keep the minus temps, thank you very much. Cabinet continues to progress. Got that sucker up on the sawbucks single handedly yesterday, ha! Gotta build a couple shelves inside, ought to be ready to stain and varnish then…….

    Went to a meeting with PW and a neighbor last night. Concerns the state EPA and a permit for our new “energy campus” to construct a coal waste impoundment. This enviornmental gutterball looks like a done deal to me. There were 50 citizens attending, all speakers spoke against, none for….. We even had 2 scientists from Prairie Rivers Network, I think it’s called, one of whom asked some very technical questions that was cause for considerable squirming by the panel. It’s no use, really. When the fix is in, the fix is in……….

    Have a decent day!

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan

      Sorry to hear you didn’t get satisfaction. I’ve found public officials to be remarkably deaf sometimes.

      Although there is one meeting that will forever remain in my memory: Irate homeowners facing the officials of our tax district were told, bluntly, “It doesn’t matter what you think. Only the five of us can vote.”

      Sheesh!

      • Gardener

        That was, at least, honest…….!

    • NCrissieB

      Sometimes it’s a case of “the fix is in,” and sometimes it’s a case of YIYBYBEOBYIEW (Yes, In Your Back Yard Because Every Other Back Yard Is Even Worse). It’s harder to pronounce than NIMBY … and harder to swallow.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • addisnana

      Sorry to hear about the state EPA, G. Maybe the squirming was a sign that they’ll go home and rethink some things. I hope so. Will you be writing follow-up letters to them and LTE’s? Does this threaten your ground water?

      • Gardener

        There is a Public Comment window, we can submit written materials. IDK what PW has in mind. They have a permit already, this is just a renewal. If the thing works as they claim, it will never discharge even one drop of water off their property. IF…….