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

Constantine the Great reportedly received his famous Vision of the Cross today (312). Also, the Dutch city of Amsterdam was founded (1275), as was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1682), the Treaty of Madrid defined the boundaries between the U.S. and Spain’s North American colonies (1795), the U.S. annexed West Florida, now the Florida Panhandle and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama (1810), Vincenzo Bellini’s opera Il pirata premiered (1827), Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs issued the Extermination Order authorizing the state militia to make war on any Mormons who did not leave the state (1838), the first underground New York City Subway line opened (1904), the First London Naval Treaty took effect (1930), Benjamin Davis Jr., whose father was the first black general in the U.S. Army, became the first black general in the U.S. Air Force (1954), Pakistan’s first President, Iskander Mirza, was deposed by General Ayub Khan 20 days after Mirza appointed Khan to impose martial law (1958), U2 pilot Rudolf Anderson was shot down over Cuba, the only direct fatality of the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), Ronald Reagan delivered his “A Time for Choosing” speech to support Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater (1964), the Democratic Republic of the Congo was renamed Zaire (1971), the Cañon City Meteorite landed in Fremont County, Colorado (1973), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gained independence (1979), the British government deregulated financial markets, an event later dubbed the Big Bang (1986), President Ronald Reagan ordered the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow destroyed when Soviet listening devices were found in the building’s structure (1988), Turkmenistan gained independence (1991), the murder of U.S. Navy radioman Allen Schindler forced the debate that led to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (1992), astronomers identified Gliese 229B, the first confirmed Substellar Mass Object (1994), former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi was convicted in absentia of corruption (1995), the Asian Financial Crisis plunged world stock markets in a “mini-crash” that heralded the end of a decade-long U.S. economic boom (1997), and Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Chairman Karen Demirchyan, 6 other members were killed when gunmen opened fire in the Armenian Parliament (1999), the deaths of two Muslim teens began 20 nights of rioting in Paris (2005), and Michael Higgins was elected President of Ireland (2011). And British troops left Afghanistan, ending the 12-year Operation Herrick (2014).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology did not ponder his Halloween costume while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Scorpio: Share your true feelings this weekend. Wear a Freddy Krueger mask.

Sagittarius: Pull threads of deeper issues this weekend. But not threads on store-bought costumes.

Capricorn: Do your work without fanfare this weekend. Or do fanzine cosplay.

Aquarius: Step back from the crowd this weekend. Especially if the crowd are zombies.

Pisces: Follow a higher calling this weekend. Be Wonder Woman.

Aries: Communication is the key to change this weekend. Talk to that costume.

Taurus: The status quo is not your friend this weekend. Neither is that mummy outfit.

Gemini: Build communication on honesty this weekend. Start with “Trick or treat!”

Cancer: You’re stronger than you think this weekend. Especially in that Wonder Woman outfit.

Leo: Avert crises with kindness rather than anger this weekend. Or wear the Hulk suit.

Virgo: Cling to your objectivity this weekend. Like that costume clings to your….

Libra: Accept that not every problem is your fault this weekend. But that costume is.

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Yesterday on Campus

Mixed NutsGOP Smoke-and-Noise
YouTube TreasuresJealous Dogs!
Campus QuestionHave GOP become “post-constitutional?”

Today on Campus

Mixed NutsGOP Budget: An Immoral Document
YouTube Treasures – Lake Toba with Sleeping With YouTube
Campus Question at 6pm ET

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::