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Campus Chatter – February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

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Campus Chatter – February 6, 2013

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The U.S. and France signed the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce today (1778). Also, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution (1788), New Jersey granted John Stevens the first railroad charter in the U.S. (1815), Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore (1819), the first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York for what is now Liberia (1820), the Treaty of Waitangi made New Zealand a British colony (1840), the Virginia Minstrels opened in New York City (1843), the Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris ending the Spanish-American War (1899), British women over the age of 30 were guaranteed the right to vote (1918), the Twentieth Amendment took effect (1933), Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms upon the death of her father, George VI (1952), Jack Kilby filed the first patent for an integrated circuit (1959), Lockheed president Carl Kotchian admitted his company paid $3 million in bribes to Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka (1976), a blizzard brought 65mph winds and spilled 4″ of snow per hour on New England (1978), Mary Gaudron became the first female Justice appointed to the High Court of Australia (1987), the Round Table Talks that would ultimately end communism in Eastern Europe began in Poland (1889), and flooding in Oregon’s Willamette Valley caused over $500 million in property damage (1996). And Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport (1998).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

50 Responses to “Campus Chatter – February 6, 2013”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with The NFL and Progressive Values
    Furthermore! – Jim W with Will You Be Ideal at 80?
    Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Ancient Carnaubans
    Campus QuestionWill Congress pass a balanced package to avoid sequester?

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with Hubert Humphrey and the Art of the Possible
    Furthermore! – The Squirrel with Drones and Future Schlock
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with Beyoncé and the Illuminati
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – 68,000 Years of Climate Data

  2. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning! It’s currently 16 degrees and cloudy. An inch of snow is predicted for today, and then late Thursday or early Friday we could see up to 6″ of snow. Apparently there’s a chance that two storm systems could “hook up” and make things worse.

    Apparently, the child who was a hostage in Alabama turns 6 today.

    But Ethan turns 6 on Wednesday after surviving an unimaginable ordeal, and Midland City, Alabama, wants to make sure it’s a birthday worth remembering.

    The city had planned a vigil at Napier Field Town Hall Tuesday night, which turned into a celebration. There, children signed an oversized card. “Happy 6th Birthday Ethan,” it said.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      That is such good news about the rescue of Ethan. His family must be so relieved. I know I spent a week imagining, without much difficulty, how I’d feel if it were my child.

      I hope Ethan recovers well and that along with the big celebration he’s going to get some therapy and a whole lot of help dealing with this. It must have been terrifying for him.

      So is your snowpack normal, subnormal or what? I don’t know what your area usually has, but it seems to me like you haven’t had a whole heck of a lot of snow. Of course, I’m remembering winters from another part of the state….

      Good morning, Norbrook, and hugggs.

      • Norbrook Says:

        It’s actually subnormal. If you look at the drought map from yesterday, there’s a bright yellow blotch on the Adirondacks, indicating a long-term drought. Mild, but still… we could use another two or three feet of snow. There’s still another 5 or 6 weeks to catch up, though.

        • addisnana Says:

          If I were you, I wait and wish for rain. Two or three feet of snow sounds like a lot of hassle.

          • Norbrook Says:

            Surprisingly, a good snow cover is useful for the forests in addition to being a necessity for the local economy. Without a good snow, you end up with roots freezing, and it’s a “bad thing” for the trees.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      The Squirrel will discuss the Alabama hostage situation, in the context of the debate about the Obama administration’s targeted killing program, today in Furthermore!

      I’m glad Ethan was rescued and is home to celebrate his sixth birthday. Based on what I’ve read, I think the hostage rescue team acted properly. But that will be reviewed, and all such situations should be.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  3. winterbanyan Says:

    I read Campus Question just a few minutes ago and it got me to thinking about what I’ve been hearing on the news. Am I imagining it, or is a lot of Obama’s phrasing suddenly turning up in GOP speeches?

    I guess they’ve decided he’s a better messenger than they are. Not that they’re going to change anything else about themselves. McCain’s remark that the Latino vote should be “theirs” is still sticking in my craw.

    Hugggs and good morning, everyone!

    • addisnana Says:

      McCain’s remark reeks of ‘the ownership society.’ The tone is enough to turn off most people. The GOP doesn’t have a leader. Auditions are underway as I type. Until a leader fills the leadership vacuum, we are stuck with Dear John.

      • winterbanyan Says:

        Horrifying thought. I love your addition to Midday Matinee yesterday where you suggested dipping him in wax.

        And yes “reeks of the ownership society” is what got to me. You’d think they’d have gotten it by now. You have to earn votes.

      • Norbrook Says:

        The idea that the Latino vote should be “theirs” is a long-standing one in Republican circles. They had the opinion that the anti-abortion plank would be a big seller with them as a predominantly Catholic group, along with some other “planks” being popular. :roll: That none of that turned out to be true is what they can’t quite understand.

    • LI Mike Says:

      Spot on Winter. On last night’s Rev Al MSNBC show, he juxtaposed an Obama speech with Cantor’s latest. Pure plagiarism.

      • winterbanyan Says:

        Too bad I missed the Rev last night, I guess. I had reached “escape velocity” by then: Get me away from this sh*t! Hah. Almost all the media talk is about the follies, and I wish they’d just stop repeating every Republican and Tea Party stupidity to come down the line. Yeah, we need to know, but wall-to-wall Skeetgate is a bit much.

        Good on the Rev for pointing that out, and thanks for letting me know I’m not imagining it.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Republicans are trying to find a way to sound like President Obama … while proposing policies that are exactly the opposite. I suppose that’s a compliment of sorts. Kind of.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  4. trs Says:

    Good morning. Sorry I’ve been AWOL of late, but it’s been a bit hectic. Between having to repair water lines under houses and having to salt roads (not enough snow to plow), I’ve been heading to work a bit early every day.

    Update: Kidlet finished Driver’s Ed, and will have her license as of April 2nd. She has to hold her permit nine months, that’s why the delay. My workshop gets built Monday. I’m waiting to hear from the Potomac Edison guy that’s supposed to come out to the site and advise me on where they want the meter – and supply me with the meter base (in West Virginia, the utility is required to supply the meter base). So, I’ll end up with two 3 day weekends in a row (I’m off President’s day-unless it snows). Good thing, too – as of Feb. 25th, I’ll be the only maintenance guy for at least two months – probably closer to four. The other maintenance guy is having his ankle fused together. Corporate doesn’t understand why we need two guys anyway, so they won’t hire a temp guy. They don’t think about the fact that the other places either aren’t as big, are farther south, or outsource a lot of the stuff we do in-house. Going to be interesting…

    • winterbanyan Says:

      So great to see you again, trs. Many of us have been wondering if you were okay. It actually came to the point of someone reporting a single “trs twitter sighting” a few days or so ago.

      Sorry about the workload, though. And I can’t imagine how you’re going to be able to handle being the only maintenance guy for two months. I hope the weather befriends you and doesn’t add to your work.

      Will the meter guy cause you any delays if he doesn’t show up in a timely fashion?

      And what the heck are you doing moving to a Red State? ;)

      Mega hugggs. Here’s hoping it gets better soon.

      • trs Says:

        Trying to do my bit to turn it a bit more blue ;-) The land was cheap (total $34,000 for 1.2 acres) and it won’t get developed any more than it is.

        The main problem with the utility guy not coming would be I won’t know where to put the breaker panel. I’m hoping to do wiring over the President’s Day weekend and get it powered up shortly thereafter. Then will come insulation and covering the walls (also buying my table saw). I’m also making custom doors for it out of 2×6 lumber (the doors that come with it are typical shed doors – thin and flimsy). Considering I’ll have somewhere in the neighborhood of $4000 worth of tools in it right off the bat, I want solid doors.

        • winterbanyan Says:

          Absolutely solid doors, and good locks as well!

          Not knowing where to put the breaker panel could be a PITA. I hope the meter person shows up quickly.

    • addisnana Says:

      Good to see you again trs! I’m sorry to hear that your construction time and extra workload are landing on top of each other. That sucks. I hope the weather at least cooperates with no snow needing to be plowed.

    • LI Mike Says:

      Welcome back trs…corporate never understands, do they.

    • Norbrook Says:

      It seems to be a general rule that people in HQ’s rarely seem to have any idea of field requirements. :roll:

      I know our HQ finally got that message, after several years of the field people being … less than respectful. ;-) In the sort of “good old days,” there were always people in HQ who had actually worked in the field, and been field supervisors. For the past few years, there hasn’t. Which finally led the top boss this year to start asking us what we thought. :lol:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Welcome back, trs! :grin:

      Congratulations to Kidlet on finishing Driver’s Ed, and to you on getting the shed built. So y’all are moving to West Virginia? I’ve been there several times and parts of the state are stunningly beautiful. Other parts … umm … nuff said. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. Jim W Says:

    Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, killed his ALEC constitutional amendment to allow Prayer in Schools and meetings. It also protected students from secular homework and a bunch of other nonsense. .

    Senate Joint Resolution 287 would require schools and other public venues to accommodate prayer, and also prohibit public schools from compelling a student “to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate his religious beliefs.”

    • LI Mike Says:

      That would generate a lot of interest in new religions, assuming the fundy religion didn’t abominate the subject matter.

    • Norbrook Says:

      Hey, since my religion has certain tenets that might appeal to students, I’m sure that he wouldn’t approve:

      To outsiders it makes us hard to define, but here are some general things that can be said about our beliefs:

      * We believe pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today
      * We are fond of beer
      * Every Friday is a Religious Holiday
      * We do not take ourselves too seriously
      * We embrace contradictions (though in that we are hardly unique)

      ;-) :lol:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I’m glad they nixed that amendment. Parts of it would have been unconstitutional. The rest sounds like yet more of the “My religious freedom demands that you practice my religion and if you don’t I’m being oppressed!” nonsense that typifies the evangelical right. :roll:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  6. LI Mike Says:

    Good morning,

    My foot saga. I mentioned on Monday that my right foot had mysteriously swollen. Edema of the not so highest order. I proceeded to locate a dr who accepts my insurance. His preliminary diagnosis was gout, but then after probing a bit said not gout because the way I’m touching your foot you’d be screaming with pain.

    I mentioned that I thought I got bit by a gnat or something when I was playing golf the other day. He said, could be a bug bite. In any event, your foot is infected, very warm to the touch. He prescribed an antibiotic, which I am now taking.

    He also sent me for blood work. My insurance company has a contract with Quest Diagnostics, and, fortuitously, there is one about 2 miles down the road from where our condo is. Great. No problema.

    Quest is located in a small business plaza. It shouldn’t take long to find, except that the address they gave is for Berlitz. I walked around on my swollen foot, no Quest. I checked my smart phone to make sure I had the correct address. Yup. Got back in the car, drove around some more. got out of the car, walked around. Checked in with the Berlitz people.

    “Donde esta Quest?” Their response In English: “Cripes, when is Quest going to put up their own sign!” “Yes, walk toward Wells Fargo Bank, look for their covered walkway, go through the doors at the end of the walkway and take the elevator to the second floor.”

    On the second floor, I’m the only person in the place other than the receptionist/clerk/phlebotomist. I informed the phlebotomist, after commenting on her multitasking, that I was ready to give up and find another lab. “Cripes, when is my company going to put up a sign.”

    My quest for Quest, an adventure.

    • addisnana Says:

      I hope the antibiotics do the trick for your foot. I’m sorry you had to hobble all over looking for the lab. Strange way to do business….no signage and a treasure hunt to find the place. :roll:

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I am so glad they found the cause of the swelling, Mike, and that you’re on antibiotics now. I hope it clears up quickly.

      As for finding the lab… sheesh! I’m sorry you had to do so much hobbling around to find something that should have been clearly labeled. No wonder there was no one else there. ;)

      I hope you feel better soon, and thanks for letting us know what is going on.

      PS I’m maintaining a list of phone numbers (utterly confidential) for our members so I can call if we start to worry about you. We care. So if you want to be added to my list, send an e-mail to the webmistress. Promise I will guard it better than Fort Knox, and only use it if the anxiety levels become pronounced among the crowd here.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I hope your foot heals well, Mike. When do you expect to get home from the lab, or was the journey home not as eventful? ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  7. addisnana Says:

    Good Morning. I am adjusting to Florida’s predictably pleasant weather. I am having trouble recognizing the signs of red flag fire warnings. In the woods up by the Canadian border, I can hear the drought and distress under my boots. I pay lots of attention to fires up there.

    Down here, everything looks so deceptively green that it is hard to process fire warnings. I haven’t gone walking in the woods here…snakes, wild boars, bad bugs….have kept me out of there.

    I am wondering, after LI Mike’s comment, about the dangers of the golf courses.

    • LI Mike Says:

      Watch out for the alligators!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Dry conditions are not obvious if you’re new to Florida, addisnana. It’s the difference between green and Really Green. This is our dry season, and the underbrush is mostly dry and brown now. Which you could see, were you to dare the alligators, snakes, boars, boors, bores, and other miscellaneous critters….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  8. LI Mike Says:

    Checked out AG Holder’s defense of drone stikes, killing Americans with suspected ties to terrorism. Yikes. He was awful.

    My guy, Juan Cole unhappy, again.

    NBC’s Michael Isikoff has revealed the text of a white paper composed for Congress by the Department of Justice that sheds light on the legal arguments made by Eric Holder in justifying the killing by drone strike of Americans abroad, who are suspected of belonging to al-Qaeda. That the memo did not even require that the US know of a specific and imminent plot against the US, of which the al-Qaeda member was guilty, for it to kill him from the skies, alarmed all the country’s civil libertarians.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      The Squirrel discusses that today in Furthermore!, Mike. I’m sorry that Juan Cole, like so many in the media, have taken the “Americans abroad” bait. There are problems with the targeted killing program – at least as the DOJ white paper explains it – but they have nothing to do with the citizenship of the targets.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • addisnana Says:

      Odd that the drones are getting so much attention when the same questions are not asked about our troops. Where are they, what are their orders, who are they killing, why are we doing this, is this working, etc.

      If we are in a state of perpetual war, it would seem that all military actions should receive the same in-depth questioning. Are we so numbed by endless war that unmanned drones get questioned but ‘manned’ troops don’t?

      Color me confused.

  9. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    Looks clear for our 30 degrees. Nice warm-up yesterday sent the snow away! New shelves are done, only have to fill them now. Next up, arranging some sort of “legs” for a skate conveyor for the food pantry. Busy, busy!

    Greenhouse appreciating the warmer WX, but new soil thermometer shows only 46 degrees in spots, which explains the slow pace of new growth, as expected. Trying to brainstorm for some wood-fired bottom heat for next year……. Was good to finally hear from trs this morning, eh?

    Have a good one!

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan Says:

      You are definitely busy, Gardener. Congrats on finishing the shelves.

      I can see why you’re concerned about the soil temp, though. What kind of ideas are you getting?

      And yes, it was great to hear from trs this morning. :)

      Hugggs, my friend. Have a great day!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Definitely time to brainstorm ideas for the soil temperature in the greenhouse, Gardener. Will the solution involve blasting? ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • addisnana Says:

      I went and googled skate conveyors. Very clever ways to move stuff along without breaking one’s back. I’d seen them in distribution centers and always just called them the conveyors.

      How does the temperature of the outside soil compare to that in the greenhouse? I’m just curious. Good luck with your search for a way to warm up the greenhouse soil.

  10. Gardener Says:

    I only took one reading outside, was about 10 degrees less….. Have a couple of schemes in mind, both are a lot of work! I am thinking to bury insulated Pex pipe and move heat from the shop stove to the greenhouse via water. We’ll see, this has quite a long gestation period…..

    • Jim W Says:

      If you bury the pipe deep enough, you don’t need insulation.

      Would a pump and buried pipe do the job? May only get to 50 degrees.. shop stove sounds like a better idea.