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Campus Chatter – February 27, 2014

February 27, 2014

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Campus Chatter – February 27, 2014

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At the urging of his wife Aelia Eudocia, Emperor Theodosius II, founded the University of Constantinople today (425). Also, the crowning of Khitan chieftain Abaoji as Emperor Taizu began northern China’s Liao Dynasty (907), the Scottish Lords the Congregation and the Duke of Norfolk representing Elizabeth I signed the Treaty of Berwick to expel the French from Scotland (1560), William Dampier signed the island of New Britain (1700), the British House of Commons voted not to continue the war with the new United States (1782), the District of Columbia Organic Act brought the capital district under the jurisdiction of Congress (1801), Manuel Belgrano raised his newly designed Flag of Argentina in the city of Rosario, on the same day Lord Byron defended Luddite protests against industrialism in his first address to the House of Lords (1812), the Dominican Republic gained independence (1844), Abraham Lincoln gave his Cooper Union Address (1860), Meiji Proclamation 57 adopted the modern Flag of Japan for merchant ships (1870), the British Labour Party was founded (1900), the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment in Leser v. Garnett (1922), an arsonist set the Reichstag Fire (1933), the U.S. Supreme Court held in National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical that the NLRB had no authority to order employers to reinstate workers who were fired during a sit-down strike (1939), Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered carbon-14 (1940), 74 miners died in an explosion at Smith Mine #3 in Bear Creek, Montana (1943), the Twenty-second Amendment was ratified (1951), Juan Bosch was inaugurated as the first democratically-elected President of the Dominican Republic aftet the reign of dictator Rafael Trujillo (1963), Arnhem’s Mildredhuis became the Netherlands’ first legal abortion clinic (1971), the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota (1973), the U.S. Senate began televising their proceedings (1986), the Caracazo riots began in Caracas, Venezuela (1989), 58 Hindu pilgrims were killed when arsonists set fire to the the Sabarmati Express train near the Godhra railway station in Gujarat, India (2002), 116 people were killed when a bomb exploded aboard SuperFerry 14 in Manila Bay, on the same day the first version of the John Jay Report detailed sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the U.S. (2004), and the Shanghai Stock Exchange fell 9%, the steepest drop in 10 years (2007). And 525 people died and another 25 left still missing when a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile (2010).

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning Feature – addisnana with Fracking Update
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with Buttons
    Campus QuestionIs the “conjugal” view legitimate if states allow senior citizens to marry?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureA Win for Equality … and for Arizona
    Noontime News at noon ET
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Offshore Wind Farms: Renewable Energy Plus Free Hurricane Protection?

  • NCrissieB

    Note: Yesterday Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed S.B. 1062, which would have allowed a religious conscience defense in discrimination lawsuits, and that is the topic of today’s Morning Feature. Please share your responses there. :grin:

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently a cloudy -2 degrees here, and we’ve had about half-an-inch of snow overnight. We’re supposed to get “flurries” leaving us with another 1 to 3 inches later today.

    Yesterday started off fine, but rapidly went downhill. I got a call that my oldest cousin (she’s a month younger than I am) was in the hospital being operated on. She came through all right, but she’s now minus a foot. Bone infection with septicemia. :cry: She came through the surgery all right, and I’ll be following up later on today to get more information.

    • Gardener

      Sorry to hear, what a shame…. We’ll join you in hoping for the best possible outcome. I really can not imagine…….. :(

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        She sometimes complains that she’s the one of the family who drew the short straw when it came to health. She has a blood clotting disorder – she develops lots of clots – diabetes, lupus, asthma, and cardiomyopathy. :sad: She’d already lost two toes on that foot last year, and apparently another infection set in.

    • glendaw271

      I’ll be sending good thoughts her way.

    • addisnana

      Sending good thoughts to your cousin. She might have a point about the “short straw.”

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        Her mother used to have similar complaints, particularly when it came to my father. “I don’t get it. I don’t smoke, I eat a healthy diet, I exercise regularly, and I’m overweight, diabetic, and have had three heart attacks and a stroke. And there sits my damn brother! Smokes like a chimney, eats junk food all the time, sits around all day, and he’s skinny as a rail and healthy as an ox.”

    • NCrissieB

      Ooh … so sorry to hear about your sister, Norbrook. Please send her our warmest regards for a speedy recovery.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan

      I am so, so sorry about your cousin, Norbrook. She, and your entire family, will be in my thoughts and prayers. What a very shocking thing.

      Sending mega huggggs your way.

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    Clear sky with a few, low, scudding clouds and 21 degrees. Silly dog was in all night, but a few moments ago began barking! Yikes, and the women still abed! All I could do was try to shush her (futile), and let her out the door… I’ll hear of this incident later, I’m sure. Right now she seems to be hyper-vigilant, circling the house and barking some more. Deer, I’m thinking….

    Got checked out on the snowplow again yesterday, and we took a ride and gassed it up… Looks like it might come in handy Sunday morning….. The Commissioner is leaving early Saturday. For Jamaica. I’ll bet there’s no snow there!

    Stay warm, stay well.

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan

      Callie surely got wind of something she doesn’t think should be out there. And when that happens, you’re right, you can’t stop the barking.

      So you’re all ready to be the only snowplow around come Sunday? I hope no one has your phone number. ;)

      • Gardener

        Matter of fact, the one listed in the book is wrong! :)

        • winterbanyan

          :lol: :lol: Very cool for you…maybe not for someone else. ;)

    • addisnana

      I hope the dog finds whatever she’s guarding you all against. If there are objections, just imagine if it had been a human intruder and how happy all would be to have her on guard duty. I’m trying for a positive spin here. :)

      • Gardener

        Yeah, it’s funny, I was thinking that, if we lived in a city or town, a body might think there was someone about who shouldn’t be… Didn’t even cross my mind until a few minutes ago!

    • NCrissieB

      You might tell the Commissioner to come back with the Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t snow in Jamaica, but those athletes are used to it. Plus you’d get to say “Cool runnings, mon” – Jamaican dialect for “Take it easy, buddy” – when people call to say they’re still snowed in. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        Ha! :)

  • glendaw271

    Good morning! It’s a chilly -4° here, one of the warmer lows predicted for the next week or so. I’m still hoping for at least one warm day next week. The week that the high school girls basketball teams play in the state tournament almost always has at least one day in the 40s, with a 60 not unheard of. But it looks like this year will be different.

    The weather people are now talking about another record that could be set this year – the most negative temperature readings in a winter. What a record to strive for, eh?

    Work went south really quickly yesterday. It started with needing a few minor tweaks in producing budget numbers to send to another program. That went ok, but then the accountants started to really look at the numbers, and are upset that the numbers in the reports don’t match the number sent. That is because I’ve been working to make sure that the numbers sent were as accurate as possible, and figured that I could tweak the reports later. However, one of the problems brought out a minor problem in some benefits that are considered a part of the salary. So I worked late yesterday to try to get that corrected. I’ll be going to work in a bit to see if the latest try gives slightly more accurate numbers. Then I’ve got to concentrate on the reports that are produced to make sure that the accountants can again be happy (well, happier than they are now. I don’t think that they will ever be truly happy.)

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      Accountants are never happy. :roll: I have a relative who’s an accountant who can attest to that. Where he used to work, he said that they were still using spreadsheet software from the ’80′s, not because they couldn’t upgrade, but because no one knew how the formulas used in them worked, just that they did. :lol:

    • winterbanyan

      Sorry you ran into troubles, Glenda. Extra work is seldom fun, and while I fully understand concentrating on one part of the program before moving on to the next, I guess others don’t. A shame you had to work late last night.

      I hope you’re feeling better? How’s that ear?

    • NCrissieB

      If you’re able to satisfy the accountants, please document your solution in full and post it on the intertoobz, Glenda. Millions of people have been vainly trying to do that for years. You might even win a Nobel Prize or something. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • addisnana

      I have friends and family that share your view of winter. Not the kind of records anyone is looking to break – thank you very much. They are starting to say things like, “Hey, it’s above zero today. That’s good.” I feel for you. I’m just hoping for a flood free spring.

  • addisnana

    Good Morning. I watched President Obama’s speech in St. Paul yesterday announcing
    $302 billion in infrastructure investment. I am impressed by his persistence and optimism in the face of Republican obstructionism. Sometimes just listening to him is a mood elevator for me. I haven’t seen much about it in the press but it was a good speech and a good plan for both job creation and getting our infrastructure repaired and competitive.

    The link has a 20 minute video of the speech.

    • winterbanyan

      That was a great speech, very much to the point. My favorite line: “We have over a thousand bridges in this country old enough to qualify for Medicare.”

      I felt much better listening to him, and learning that he’s going to do as much as he can with executive orders. But as he said, we all need to work the phones and e-mails and let our legislators know we want the transportation bill to pass in August.