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Campus Chatter – February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014

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Campus Chatter – February 28, 2014

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Liu Bang was crowned Emperor Gaozu of Han, beginning China’s 400-year Han Dynasty, today (202 BCE). Also, the Fourth Council of Constantinople ended (870), Hernán Cortés executed Aztec King Cuauhtémoc (1525), John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church (1784), the Cry of Asencio began the Uruguayan War of Independence (1811), the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated (1827), the SS California arrived in San Francisco after a four-month journey from New York, beginning steamship service between the coasts (1849), Congress began a 117-year ban on official diplomatic relations with the Vatican (1867), Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz established the Bulgarian Exarchate, later recognized as the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (1870), the first vaudeville theater opened in Boston (1883), the American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated (1885), French forces deposed Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar (1897), Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman discovered the Raman Effect of radiation scatter (1928), televised basketball began with a broadcast of the Fordham vs. Pitt game from Madison Square Garden (1940), at least 10,000 and up to 30,000 Taiwanese civilians were killed by government forces in the 228 Incident (1947), James Watson and Francis Crick first told friends of their discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA (1953), the first NTSC standard television sets went on sale to the general public (1954), 26 schoolchildren died when their bus struck a tow truck and plunged into the Big Sandy River near Prestonburg, Kentucky (1958), the U.S. and China signed the Shanghai Communiqué (1972), 43 people died when a London subway train crashed into a wall at the Moorgate terminus (1975), Andalusian voters approved their autonomy within Spain (1980), 4 agents and 5 Branch Davidians died in the initial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms raid that began the 51-day standoff (1993), 1100 people died when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near Ardabil, Iran, on the same day 18 police and bystanders were wounded and both bank robbers killed in the North Hollywood Shootout, and the same day radiation from GRB 970228 proved that gamma ray bursts occur outside the Milky Way (1997), 1 person died of a heart attack and 400 were injured as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near Olympia, Washington, on the same day 10 people died in when a Land Rover swerved onto a railroad track near Great Heck, England (2001), a total of 166 people were killed in the Naroda Pitaya and Gulbarg Society massacres during religious violence in Gujarat, India (2002), over 1 million Taiwanese formed the 310-mile human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident (2004), and 127 people died when a suicide bomber attacked a police station in Al Hillah, Iraq (2005). And Benedict XVI resigned, the first pope to do so in almost 600 years (2013).


The Janitor Professor of Astrology insists that he was not fed up with the winter chill while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Pisces: Stay engaged with the world this weekend. Wear slippers.

Aries: Follow your heart this weekend. Right into a warm blanket.

Taurus: Be realistic this weekend. Put on yet another sweater.

Gemini: Patience is your secret weapon this weekend. And hot soup.

Cancer: Reach for the stars this weekend. Or the thermostat.

Leo: Sow this weekend to reap next week. Or sew to wear next week.

Virgo: Be sensible and clear this weekend. Wear the thick socks.

Libra: Let your light shine this weekend. Into the wood pile.

Scorpio: Go with the flow this weekend. Unless it flows outside.

Sagittarius: The sky is the limit this weekend. And the cold ground.

Capricorn: Focus on what’s important this weekend. Long underwear.

Aquarius: Connect past to present this weekend. Google ‘coldest ever.’


Good morning! ::hugggggs::

31 Responses to “Campus Chatter – February 28, 2014”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureA Win for Equality … and for Arizona
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus QuestionWill ruling that Kentucky must recognize LGBT marriages from other jurisdictions be upheld?
    Our EarthOffshore Wind Farms: Renewable Energy Plus Free Hurricane Protection?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureOn Brothers and Keepers
    Noontime News at noon ET
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters
    Campus Question at 6pm ET

  2. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning! It’s currently a partly cloudy -8 here in the Adirondacks, with about 2″ of new snow on the ground. It was interesting at times yesterday, since the very cold weather means that any wind can cause a whiteout with the snow. More than a few times during the evening, I thought there was more snow falling than actually did. :-)

    In other news around here, I talked to my cousin yesterday, she’s recovering from a surgery which removed half of her foot. She’s not happy with the wound care center she had been going to (supposedly one of best ones in the state) for not just missing that she’d gotten this infection, but also for blowing off her concerns about it. I wouldn’t want to be the administrators there once she gets out of the hospital. ;-) Other than that, she’s doing well, and they think they have everything under control. Once she heals up, they’ll be fitting her with a special shoe, so she should be able to walk. I did pass along everyone’s well-wishes.

    I’m getting a new hot water heater. My old one decided that it was time to finally kick the bucket yesterday. :-( My landlady and I had rather hoped to get this one through until spring, when it’d be a lot easier to get in there and work, but that was not to be. :sad:

    • addisnana Says:

      Good news for your cousin, all things considered. I hope she lets the wound care center know what their inactions resulted in. It’s sad to think this might have been avoidable.

      Hot water is a good thing. Will changing water heaters involve shoveling? I do hope you can get the new one in and hooked up without too much trouble.

      • Norbrook Says:

        I wasn’t too pleased when I heard about it. When a wound “smells bad” that means “there’s a problem.” Not “Oh, it’s just your socks,” particularly when someone is prone to infections in the first place. :mad:

        The reason we wanted to wait for spring with the hot water tank is that it is a problem getting the new one in and hooked up. :sad: I’m probably going to talk to her about getting a tankless one, I think that might be easier to hook in, besides having a longer warranty period and using less gas. ;-)

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Good news for your cousin, I guess. At least she’s going to be mostly okay. But man, for a wound care center to miss this??? My fury would know no limits.

      Hope the tankless water idea will work. Those things have impressed me the few times I’ve come across them.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I hope your hot water heater (isn’t that redundant? in fact, isn’t it really a cold water heater? the water becomes “hot” after the water heater heats it, right? we stay awake at night pondering these things! okay, we don’t, but we would if we weren’t asleep! but i digress) is fixed soon, Norbrook. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  3. addisnana Says:

    Good Morning. There is a strawberry festival this weekend in Plant City. I think I will give it a shot. I missed the Kumquat festival when I was up north babysitting. I prefer raspberries but strawberries are an okay second and I like seeing how much culinary creativity can be focused on a single thing. :)

    This is a plug for last night’s Our Earth. Absolutely fascinating story about wind turbines, energy and hurricanes!

    • Gardener Says:

      Mmmmmmm……. Strawberries!

      I’ve long-maintained that the best thing that happened during my childhood was that my brother does not like strawberries! More for me! Ha! :)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Ahh, Ye Olde Strawberry Festival. The Florida State Fair is in Tampa, in western Hillsborough County. The Strawberry Festival follows it in Plant City, in eastern Hillsborough County. Why? Because Tampa-area schools got the week off so kids could go to the State Fair, but parents thought that was too far to travel for kids in the eastern half of the county, so … they started another fair in Plant City, so the schools in the eastern half of the county could close too.

      Yes, really.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  4. Norbrook Says:

    Just for fun, ever heard heavy metal done by classical musicians? It’s great! :lol:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Wow! That was way, way cool. One of the few bits of heavy metal music I like … and performed brilliantly! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Norbrook Says:

        Their YouTube page has a lot of different covers they’ve done. Yes, they do play regular classical, but it’s amazing to watch what they can do with various pop songs. ;-)

        • NCrissieB Says:

          Their rendition of U2′s “With or Without You” is just breathtaking:

          Thank you for introducing them to the BPI Campus!

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Thanks, Norbrook. This was fantastic!

    • addisnana Says:

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! and Wow! :)

      • Norbrook Says:

        You’re welcome. :-) What’s interesting is that their first video was a cover of “Smooth Criminal,” which went viral. One of the people who was told “check this out,” and did was … Elton John. Who promptly put them in his band on tour, and had them open for him, as well as boosting them. :-)

  5. addisnana Says:

    I looked up U.S.-Vatican relations just out of curiosity.

    These relations lapsed when on February 28, 1867 Congress passed legislation that prohibited any future funding to United States diplomatic missions to the Holy See. This decision was based on mounting anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States, fueled by persistent and unfounded rumors, such as the alleged involvement of the Vatican in the conspiracy to murder President Lincoln, and the allegation that the Pope had forbidden the celebration of Protestant religious services, previously held weekly in the home of the American Minister in Rome, within the walls of the city.

    Presidents had envoys but not ambassadors during the time from 1867 to 1984. The conspiracy theories did kind of tickle me. :)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I can’t believe people thought the Vatican was involved in the conspiracy to murder President Lincoln. Everyone knows that was the Freemasons working with ancient aliens. People are so gullible! :shock:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  6. winterbanyan Says:

    I thought you’d all like to know that there’s absolutely nothing we can do to save ourselves from climate change. The aliens are terraforming this planet to suit themselves. They are responsible for forest fires, the honeybee collapse, etc.

    Saw this in a “documentary” last night. I watched the entire thing with my mouth open. Someone out there thought this up. If it made it to TV, some people must believe this. I hope the producers are laughing up their sleeves.

    If not, we may have worse problems than I thought.

    Hugggs and good morning!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      What complete rubbish. The planet is being terraformed by the Vatican. It’s all there in the secret archives, and we could prove it if they’d let us in, which they won’t, because then the archives wouldn’t be “secret” and we’d know who really was on the Grassy Knoll. :shock:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  7. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    We have a clear, blue sky and 18 degrees. Apparently the weatherman has opted to let the Commissioner et al scoot out of town, and then dump snow upon the rest of us, Super Predictor says 3-6″. Harumph! Supposed to begin Saturday night into Sunday….

    Grumble, grumble, grumble….. I am gonna see if I can bring the truck/plow home and store it in my heated shed until it’s needed. That way, at least I start off with a clean and dry vehicle, vs. one that sat outside in the ice storm that’s supposed to precede the snow!

    Have a decent day!

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan Says:

      I hope you can bring that plow home and keep it warm and dry, Gardener. My word, what a headache! Ice storm?

      Maybe you and PW should leave for Jamaica immediately….

      Mega hugggs, dear friend.

    • Norbrook Says:

      I learned way back when during my time in the military (the hard way), a simple lesson: Never volunteer. :lol:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      If they won’t let you bring the plow home and keep it snuggled in the garage beside the stove with a hot toddy and maybe a nice movie to watch … could you maybe at least take it some thermal undercoating and a sweater and a nice fluffy scarf?

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • addisnana Says:

      I hope you are still the volunteer snow plow driver when Adler is old enough to think sitting in a snowplow is a big deal. Coolest grandpa award ever! :)

      Good luck with your Sunday morning plowing and I hope the actual weather is better than the forecast.

  8. winterbanyan Says:

    Great Bippiescopes! Thanks for the chuckles.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I’ll pass the compliment to the Janitor Professor of Astrology, once he pokes his nose out from under his blanket.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::