Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – November 19, 2010

The Council of Clermont, planning the First Crusade, began today (1095). Also, Jay’s Treaty was signed (1794), President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address (1863), and Ford canceled the Edsel (1959). And Milli Vanilli lost their Grammy, after word leaked that they didn’t sing their songs (1990). Greetings and social banter here. Bippiescopes below. (More) In honor of Apollo 12’s landing on the moon today (1969), the Janitor Professor of Astrology lip-synched some loonier-than-usual Bippiescopes…. Scorpio: Your weekend is on a 12-hour planned hold. The countdown resumes this evening. Sagittarius: Remember to perform Program 42 this weekend. Whatever that was. Capricorn: Don’t hire studio musicians to be you this weekend. People might notice. Aquarius: Consider a little getaway this weekend. Not all the way to the moon. Pisces: That green cheese in the fridge is not a moon rock. Yet. Aries: Move like you’re wearing a space suit. Let other people wonder why. Taurus: The moon is almost full. Time to howl, or find that razor. Gemini: Yes, they should have let your program go to the moon. Sorry. Cancer: Lip-synch the play-by-play of a football game this weekend. Again. Leo: The Lunar Rover was not a dog. We don’t know where that rumor started. Virgo: Prove a theory of space this weekend. Find the Christmas decorations. Libra: Pretend you’re weightless this weekend. Then eat those cookies. +++++ Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: Silencing the Drums, Part I – Just War

On Halloween, David Broder said war with Iran would boost our economy. A week later, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) called for a war to “neuter” the Iranian regime. Last week, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) said President Obama must “ratchet up the pressure” on Iran. The drumbeat for war has begun again. (More) Silencing the Drums, Part I – Just War This week Morning Feature considers the proposed war with Iran. Today we examine the moral lens of Just War Theory. Tomorrow we’ll apply that lens to the arguments for war with Iran. Saturday we’ll conclude with a story of hope and courage. As we saw last week, the progressive movement is grounded on moral values: Real American Values. As progressives, we must learn to frame issues in moral terms. That does not always mean absolutes. As we saw last week with the proposed Serengeti Road and this week with economic sanctions, sometimes there are no easy moral answers. But we progressives must still weigh and discuss issues in terms of our moral values, and whether to wage war is clearly a moral question. Or is it? Realism and pure rationality: International relations Realists argue that nation-states inevitably compete for dominance and resources in an anarchic world system. The historical evidence is not as clear as Realists suggest; nation-states cooperate as well as compete, and there are many examples of...

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Campus Chatter – November 18, 2010

Both the old (326) and new (1626) St. Peters Basillicas were consecrated today. Also, William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head (1307), five North American time zones were standardized (1883), and the Touch-Tone phone debuted (1963). And the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized LGBT marriage (2003). Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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Campus Chatter – November 17, 2010

Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason today (1603). Also, Congress first met in Washington, D.C. (1800), Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to see Antarctica (1820), and David Livingstone the first European to see Victoria Falls (1855). And Douglas Engelbart patented the first computer mouse (1970). Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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Campus Chatter – November 16, 2010

The revised Codex Justiniatus was published today (534). Also, Fyodor Dostoevsky was sentenced to death (1849) later commuted to hard labor, Oklahoma became the 46th state (1907), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization was founded (1945). And UNESCO issued the Seville Statement on Violence (1989). Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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