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Campus Chatter – January 27, 2013

January 27, 2013

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Campus Chatter – January 27, 2013

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Clement VI issued the papal bull Unigenitus today (1343). Also, the Vatican trial of scholar Giordano Bruno began (1593), as did the trial of Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder Plot co-conspirators (1606), the University of Georgia was founded (1785), Congress approved the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma (1825), the National Geographic Society was founded (1888), as was Norway’s Young Liberals (1909), Ibn Saud became King of Nejd (1927), Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft on the same day the U.S., United Kingdom, and Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty (1967), the Paris Peace Accords officially ended the Vietnam War (1973), the Brisbane River breached its banks to flood the city of Brisbane (1974), the pilot shaft of Japan’s Seikan Tunnel between Honshū and Hokkaidō was completed (1983), American Akebono Tarō became the first foreign-born sumo wrestler to attain the rank of yokozuna (1993), Germany first observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day (1996), the Library of Congress announced the first selections for the National Recording Registry (2003), and Western Union ended its 145-year-old telegram service (2006). And the Honduran constitutional crisis ended when Porfirio Lobo Sosa became the nation’s new president (2010).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

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27 Responses to “Campus Chatter – January 27, 2013”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureWe the People, Part III: Why Are “We?” (Non-Cynical Saturday)
    Campus QuestionIs it a “strawman” when President Obama quotes Rep. Paul Ryan?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe Stupid Party? (Ask Ms. Crissie)
    Furthermore! – Winning Progressive with Weekend Reading
    Noontime News at noon
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Evening Focus at 7pm ET – Silly Sunday: Reality, Break
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Eco News Roundup

  2. winterbanyan Says:

    Norbrook, I don’t know if you saw yesterday, but we put your new blog up on our blogroll. We’re keeping the old one as well in case you get an urge to write about politics again. :) h/t to Jim for the reminder. Kept meaning to do it.

    Hugggs and good morning!

  3. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning, it’s currently -3 degrees here, and supposed to hit the low teens. Warming starting tomorrow, with more snow on the way, and then up into the 40′s for a couple of days. In case anyone ever wonders why I don’t have Facebook, this is an example:

    Over the past week, a number of users of the popular photo sharing app Instagram and parent company Facebook have been locked out of their accounts and prompted by both services to upload images of their government issued photo IDs to regain access, as CNET first reported on Tuesday.

    Gee, what could possibly go wrong with this? :roll:

    • addisnana Says:

      Good grief….way to lose customers in a hurry :roll:

    • winterbanyan Says:

      This sounds hairy indeed. I have a couple of facebook accounts for professional reasons. If they choose to lock me out, let them. I sure as hell won’t be providing a copy of my government ID to some huge corporation.

      I don’t get this at all. Nor do I get their reluctance to explain this. There is something very wrong about this.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Author David Kirkpatrick quoted Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg on privacy:

      You have one identity…. The days of having a different image for your work friends or co-workers and for the other people you know are probably coming to an end pretty quickly…. Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity…. The level of transparency the world has now won’t support having two identities for a person.

      As we discussed back in June, Zuckerberg has an odd view of privacy. Facebook’s algorithm decides who you receive updates from, and who receives your updates.

      The issue of online privacy is still being debated, and moves like this are one part of that debate. If enough people decide they don’t want Facebook having copies of their government IDs … Facebook won’t have enough subscribers to remain relevant.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Norbrook Says:

        That’s the problem with “making it ” when you’re still young and arrogant. :roll: Real life hasn’t (and now won’t) get a chance to knock that out of you. I know members of his family have already had … issues … with personal postings being shown on a much wider basis than they thought or wanted.

        From my perspective, it’s not just privacy, it’s also that they make it difficult to set things to be private, and their requirements that you have to go by your real name. Seriously, the reason I use Norbrook on the internet is not so much that I’m trying to hide, it’s because it’s a unique identifier, which my real name is not.

    • LI Mike Says:

      I stopped using facebook several months ago.

  4. addisnana Says:

    Good Morning.

    Here’s your Sunday morning satire awareness chuckle. Andy Borowitz’s piece was picked up as real news by NewsOne.

    Many Republicans are reportedly calling on President Barack Obama to reveal that songstress Beyoncé actually lip synched during his inauguration on Monday and then resign from office immediately, reports The New Yorker. The obscene demand for Obama’s resignation is being spearheaded by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky, pictured), a 50-year-old, chest-puffing, card-carrying member of the nation’s Tea Party movement and a self-professed “constitutional conservative.”

    It must be difficult to make fun of the right wing fringe when it’s hard to tell the difference between “yes they really said that” and “oh that’s satire.”

    • winterbanyan Says:

      That’s funny, but I agree with you: it’s gotten so hard to tell the satire from the real news. That’s scary.

    • Norbrook Says:

      A couple of years ago, I had a great idea for a satirical blog post, but after getting half-way into it, I realized that there was no way to make it so “out there” that some Republican (or plural) wouldn’t have already proposed it. :cry:

    • LI Mike Says:

      What I’m curious about, addisnana, is whether they’re asking for his resignation because Beyonce lip synched, or just an admission before he steps down.

      I am resigning my office today, not because Beyonce lip synched, a common Kenyan practice, but because you’ve got the goods on me. My profession of faith in progressive values, I now understand, is similar to views held by King George III. Safe gun control, near universal health coverage, a livable planet, a place for immigrants are all policy matters outside the mainstream of American thought. My apologies. My resignation is effective immediately.

      • NCrissieB Says:

        Mike, I can easily imagine your draft of President Obama’s resignation letter being proposed at … well … pretty much any right-wing media outlet…. :shock:

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • addisnana Says:

        Somehow ‘God said’ is missing from your letter and also ‘real Americans.’ I’m afraid you are too well spoken to be writing right wing fantasies, Mike. Still you made me laugh on this very foggy Sunday morning.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Poe’s Law kicks in again:

      Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. LI Mike Says:

    Good morning,

    Just before I headed out the door with tons of laundry, the new washer and dryer arrived. I never thought we’d hug delivery guys. Thank you, thank you, thank you. How much do we owe you, here take some more money. The West Palmetto Laundromatte does not need our business after all.

  6. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    Clouds, light rain, and 31 degrees greet us this day. Worked on the new shelving most of yesterday. Made a lumberyard run, did a little blacksmith work, sampled the refreshments, all-in-all a good day. Pioneer Woman and Heavy Metal Girl worked at the Food Pantry on a distribution day, 47 families served, they report……. :smile: :smile: :smile:

    Have a meeting at church 0900, so short and sweet until later. Best not to hug the delivery boys, you know how people talk……. ;-)

    Best, G

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Kudos to Pioneer Woman and Heavy Metal Girl for their work at the food pantry! :grin:

      As for your pole-dancing past, I tried pole-dancing but the pole always wanted to lead…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::