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Campus Chatter – August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014

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Campus Chatter – August 20, 2014

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Stephen founded the state of Hungary today (1000). Also, Stephen became Saint Stephen (1083), Clement V pardoned Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay on charges of heresy (1308), Spanish settlers founded the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in what is now Tucson, Arizona (1775), Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace published their separate but similar theories of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London (1858), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture premiered (1882), 87 people, mostly forest firefighters, died in the Great Fire that swept through Washington, Idaho, and Montana (1910), commercial radio began the premiere of Detroit’s WWJ (1920), Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai or NHK, was founded (1926), Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam (1938), Ramón Mercader stabbed Leon Trotsky, who would die the following day, in Mexico City (1940), Senegal declared independence (1960), Soviet-led troops invaded Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring (1968), NASA launched Viking 1 (1975) and Voyager 2 (1977), 14 people were killed when a disgruntled worker opened fire at a post office in Edmonds, Oklahoma (1986), the Yellowstone Fires reached their peak on “Black Saturday” (1988), 51 people died when the pleasure boat Marchioness after a collision on the Thames in London, on the same day Adelaide’s O-Bahn Busway opened (1989), Estonia restated her pre-World War II declaration of independence (1991), the Oslo Accords were signed in Norway (1993), the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Québec could not secede without the agreement of the federal government (1998), anti-Hussein protesters seized the Iraqi embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering (2002), and 146 people died when Spanair Flight 5022 skidded off the runway during takeoff at Madrid-Barajas Airport (2008). And 25 people including a visitor were killed in a shootout between rival gangs at a prison in Caracas, Venezuela (2012).

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureA Few Thoughts on Ferguson
    Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Fore!
    Campus QuestionWith lingering mistrust of police in black communities, isn’t voter engagement the best response?
    Our EarthAustralia Retreating from Renewable Energy

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature at 7am ET – The Squirrel with Geraldo Rivera’s “Cop-White Person Take” on Ferguson
    Midday Matinee at 2pm ET – Linda Lee with High School Reunion
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Genetic Source of Mental Illness Found

  • winterbanyan

    The UAW is trying a new organizing model at the Chattanooga, a members only union. Interesting read at: http://inthesetimes.com/article/17044/the_new_volkswagen_model?

    A members only union will represent exactly that: members only. No one else will be required to pay dues, but at the same time they can’t expect the union to stand up for them in disputes. In this case, the union says Volkswagen has agreed to work with them, and the benefits may extend to non-union members.

    Different times, different models. I guess we’ll see.

    Hugggs and good morning, everyone.

    • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

      This last bit was a fascinating exchange:

      Catherine: Members-only unions will also force the national right-to-work people to reveal their cards. Are they libertarian, in the sense that everybody should have the right to choose union representation, which is what they’ve said for 50 years? Or is their message, “We don’t want a union, and you shouldn’t want one, either?” What they say in light of Chattanooga will be really interesting.

      Bob: You’re right—they’re really in a box on that.

      Catherine: This is an incredibly exciting empirical test of an argument that’s been going on for decades in the United States: Can a members’ union effectively be a voice for workers even without certification or recognition? Do minority unions undermine genuine independent unions, or do they enable them?

      I’ll be curious to see how this shakes out.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Linda

      This will be interesting to watch. Thanks for the link.

    • li mike

      Interesting, Winter. Hope it works out.

    • Linda

      Are those flamingoes in your photo? Cool beans!

      • winterbanyan

        Yes they are. It’s a photo I took at our local zoo. Hard to see them in these thumbnails though.

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com/ Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently 49 degrees and clear, although the “clear” is supposed to change by noon. Today is “get ready to go back into the field” day, meaning laundry, and shopping.

    Just a heads-up: Expect me to be very scarce around here for a while, or more properly, scarcer than I have been. The past week is going to be typical, or at least some parts of it. We’re getting to the end of field season, and trying to get together lists of “what else” will need to be done besides the “usual” winterization stuff. Besides our usual weekly reporting stuff, we also have a ton of other reports to put together and surveys to complete. Then there’s the statewide supervisors meeting after which we transition into “repair and overhaul.” Which means “out the door at 7, back at 5″ for the next few months.

    • winterbanyan

      We’ll miss you, Norbrook. Unfortunately I get it. I just got a contract that’s going to require me to put in 12 hour days for a while. I hope I survive. ;)

      I may get scarcer, too.

    • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

      We’ll miss you, Norbrook! Stay safe and come back soon! :-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Linda

      Hurry back Norbrook. We’ll miss you.

    • li mike

      Yes, we’ll miss you. It just aint right for you not to be leading us off every day. :(

  • winterbanyan

    Why is Ferguson so different by day? Touching photo and article as a man gives a rose to a cop. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/liveblog-live/liveblog/live-updates-tension-in-ferguson/?id=5c795f4d-12ee-4a5c-90e3-693fce3506b5

    The locals have asked the police to arrest agitators during the nightly demonstrations. Apparently the police are not doing it. Questions abound in my mind….

  • Gardener

    Good morning!
    We’ve 71 degrees and a few clouds… Called my aunt Lucille yesterday evening. She’s having her health issues, but will turn 94 Sept. 2nd. My cousin lives with her, and invited me over for cake on that day. I also telephoned another cousin who lives nearby, wondering if he’d like to ride along. We’ll see….. Aunt Lucille is the last of her generation to be with us.
    Will work on the greenhouse project this morning, until it gets too hot. The WX crew promises humidity and a heat wave for the next few days…. Good canning weather, if you have A/C. PW and I put up 3 quarts of hot banana peppers yesterday, they’ll be good on a snowy January day.
    Hope all are well!
    Best, G

    • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

      Where are you on the greenhouse project, Gardener? Is there much left to do?

      As for canned banana peppers … mmmhhh … I love the smell of salsa in the morning…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        Yes, a LOT left to do, been stalled by WX and churchy stuff….

    • winterbanyan

      94 is a very respectable age! How great that you get to have cake with her. :)

      I hope the heat and humidity don’t become unbearable, but working in the early hours is wise. Back when I lived in Biloxi, I started getting up at 4 am just so I could have the chores out of the way before the heat hit. No A/C.

    • Linda

      Nice that you will get to have cake with your Aunt Lucille.

      I hope the weather cooperates with your projects. I love banana peppers. Yum!

      • Gardener

        We’re hoping it’ll work out! Aunt Lucille is about a mile away from Ferguson…

  • Linda

    Good Morning. Hopefully were are out of rain for a while. Today is supposed to be nice. The air smells like fall. It is getting crisp. Some of the leaves on the bushes are turning golden already.

    http://siminbehbahani.com/index.php/en/my-country-i-will-build-you-again

    Simin Behbahani was a very famous Iranian poet. She died a couple of days ago. The link takes you to one of her poems that Pres. Obama read during the Voice of America Persian New Year. Her love of her country and her determination to rebuild after violence are a wonderful reminder for each of us.

    • http://BPICampus.com/ Crissie Brown

      What a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing it, Linda. :-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan

      Such a beautiful, inspiring poem. Reading some of her others, she awes me. Thanks, Linda.