Author: Lake Toba

Campus Chatter – June 2, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) The Vandals sacked Rome today (455). Also, the first Récollet missionaries arrive at Québec City (1615), Bridget Bishop went on trial in the first of the Salem Witch Trials (1692), Chippewas distracted the garrison of Fort Michilimackinac with a game of lacrosse, then chased a ball into and captured the fort, in what is now Mackinac, Michigan (1763), the British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, allowing colonial American governors to house troops in unoccupied houses, barns, and outbuildings (1774), François Hanriot arrested 22 Girondists, beginning the French Revolution’s Reign of...

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Campus Question – June 1, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today Lawrence O’Donnell announced that he would be staying at MSNBC for “the next couple of years” bringing a sigh of relief to many that Comcast was pursuing a plan to gut left leaning voices from the channel. while Huffington Post reported today that the White House had granted 17 ethics wavers.  Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin acknowledged that “patriotically minded” private citizens might have been involved in the cyber-attack on the United States elections in 2016 and The New York Times speculated whether President Trump might succeed in using executive privilege to prevent...

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Some Good News

I decided to poke around the internet and see what uplifting, happy stories I could find.  Something to remind us that there’s good people in the world doing good things.  Lots of it. I found a site called GoodNewsNetwork, and quickly found happy stories.  Among them were Firm Hires Office Cats To Reduce Workplace Stress, Firefighters Spend Hour Dislodging Kitten From Porsche Engine  Blind Husky and His Seeing-Eye Chihuahua Adopted Just in Time House Votes to End Jail Time for Those Too Poor to Pay Fines in Texas Billionaire Gives Away Most of His Fortune to Help Save the...

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Campus Chatter – June 1, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Friar John Cor recorded the first known batch of Scotch whiskey today (1495). Also, Agustin Sumuroy led a revolt against Spanish colonial forced labor in the Philippine city of Palapag (1649), Mary Dyer was hanged for violating a law that banned Quakers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1660), Benedict Arnold was court martialed for malfeasance (1779), Kentucky became our 15th state (1792) and Tennessee our 16th (1796), President James Monroe asked Congress to declare war on Britain (1812), mortally wounded, James Lawrence gave his final order as commander of the...

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