Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)

Giordano Bruno was burned for heresy in Rome, today (1600). Also, Myles Standish was appointed to command the Plymouth colony (1621), after an Electoral College tie, the U.S. House elected Thomas Jefferson as President and Aaron Burr as Vice President (1801), citizens in Geneva founded what is now the International Committee of the Red Cross (1863), Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly premiered (1904), the Blaine Act ended Prohibition (1933), Chaim Weizmann was sworn in as the first President of Israel (1949), the Naval Research Laboratory launched Vanguard 2, the first weather satellite (1959), the U.S. Supreme Court held in Wesberry v. Sanders that congressional districts must have roughly equal populations (1964), NASA launched Ranger 8 to photograph the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility in preparation for the Apollo missions (1965), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, Massachusetts (1968), the Volkswagen Beetle passed the Ford Model-T in all-time car sales (1972), Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki completed the first winter ascent of Mount Everest (1980), a United Nations-brokered ceasefire ended the Cenepa War between Peru and Ecuador (1995), world champion Garry Kasparov defeated IBM’s Deep Blue in a chess match, on the same day NASA launched NEAR Shoemaker toward the asteroid 433 Eros (1996), the London Congestion Charge began (2003), 1126 people died in a mudslide on the Philippine island of Leyte (2006), Kosovo declared independence (2008), 4 Arab Spring protesters were killed and 300 wounded in Bahrain’s Bloody Thursday, on the same day the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition organized “Day of Rage” protests across the country (2011), and 18 people died in a stampede at a Mardi Gras parade in Haiti (2015). And 60 people were killed when car bombers struck a Turkish Armed Forces barracks in Ankara (2016).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology was unable to research this week’s Bippiescopes because the mail room clerk was using the campus computer. The Bippiescopes will return next week.

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsGod-King vs. Intelligence, Still
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Cracked: The Most Realistic War Movie Is Full of Sh!t
Campus QuestionIs the God-King incapable of knowing, let alone telling, the truth?

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGOP Release Health Care Plan … Or Not
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Cat Rides a Horse
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::