Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – April 26, 2018

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Petrarch ascended Mont Ventoux today (1336). Also, the Pazzi family attacked the Medicis, killing Giuliano and wounding Lorenzo, during High Mass at Florence’s Il Duomo di Firenze (1478), William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, although his date of birth was not recorded (1564), English colonists landed at Cape Henry, Virginia (1607), an estimated 80,000 people died as a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Tabriz, Iran (1721), European scientists were convinced that meteors exist when thousands of fragments fell near L’Aigle, France (1803), U.S. cavalry troops killed John Wilkes Booth, the assassin...

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Campus Question – April 25, 2018

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced a bill to require every post office to offer basic banking services that would replace predatory payday lenders, a proposal from the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, but Democrats Only Care About Identity Politics! Meanwhile, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau acting director (and former GOP congresscritter) Mick Mulvaney told bankers to buy more members of Congress, but Democrats Are Wall Street Tools! And French President Emmanuel Macron used a joint session of Congress to scorch the God-King on climate change, the Iran nuclear deal, protectionism, and nationalism, but...

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Campus Chatter – April 25, 2018

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Athens surrendered to Sparta, ending the Peloponnesian War today (404 BCE). Also, the Felician Charter included the first record of the Croatian city of Zagreb (1134), the Chongzhen Emperor committed suicide during a peasant revolt, ending the Ming Dynasty today (1644), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed La Marseillaise (1792), the Donner Party survivors were brought out of the wilderness (1847), Lord Elgin signed the Rebellion Losses Bill, sparking the Montréal Riots (1849), British and French engineers broke ground on the Suez Canal (1859), New York became the first state...

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Campus Question – April 24, 2018

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Last week Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted about a federal jobs guarantee and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) proposed the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act – and no one noticed – but today Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) echoed them so suddenly It’s A Very Important Thing. Setting aside the frustratingly difficult policy details and the inevitable wingnut howls of “Socialism!” … why do the media ignore Democrats’ ideas until and unless those ideas come from Saint Bernie of Burlington? +++++ Credit: Adobe Stock Images. Standard...

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Campus Chatter – April 24, 2018

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) The first written mention of the city of Zagreb, Croatia was published today (1134). Also, China’s Ming Dynasty ended with the suicide of the Chongzhen Emperor during a peasant uprising (1644), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed Le Marseillaise (1792), a Rio Grande scouting party led by Seth Thornton was ambushed and captured, sparking the Mexican-American War (1846), Canada’s Governor General James Bruce signed the Rebellion Losses Bill, and protesters burned the Parliament Building in Montréal (1849), British and French engineers broke ground on the Suez Canal (1856), Congress declared...

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