Author: Crissie Brown

Morning Feature: An Awakening State? (Meta Monday)

The staff had just begun chatting over coffee when the ringing began. The resident faculty left an alarm clock outside the mail room door. Was it a clue? (More) First our thanks to last week’s guest lecturers. Last Monday in Midday Matinee, Professor of Bathtublueberrywhisperology addisnana asked where we learned compassion, and in Evening Focus Professor of Cognidizombilistics Roby NJ’s business students responded to E. Rex. Last Tuesday and Wednesday in Morning Feature, Professor of Ecoinsaninsuroscamology winterbanyan Dug Deeper into uranium mining, and in Evening Focus the BPI Squirrel hosted our Faculty Debate on Privatization. Last Wednesday in Furthermore!, Professor of Topofclassclownistics JanF’s series on Women’s History Month marched in, and in Midday Matinee, addisnana discussed making mistakes. BPI’s Privatization Week continued last Thursday with a Morning Feature series titled Owning Our Seed Corn, and in HEMMED In with JanF’s discussion of privatizing public libraries, while in Evening Focus citisven sampled a Cupcakes for Choice event. Last Friday in Furthermore!, Lake Toba asked why the right don’t believe in sharing, and in Evening Focus Roby NJ offered a summary in Privatization 201. And Sunday in Our Earth, JanF offered our EcoNews Roundup. All were excellent discussions and are worth reading if you missed them. This week, JanF throws Pi in today’s Furthermore! and addisnana offers a piece of history in today’s Midday Matinee. Tonight and tomorrow in Evening Focus,...

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Campus Chatter – March 14, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin today (1794). Also, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado premiered (1885), the Senate ratified the Hay-Herran Treaty (1903), Orvan Hess and John Bumstead treated Anne Miller with penicillin (1942), and Jack Ruby was convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald (1964). And the body of John F. Kennedy was placed beneath the eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery (1967). Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: New Hamsachusibenya? (Ask Ms. Crissie)

“I miss New Hampshire,” Professor Plum said wistfully. “What heroes. Ethan Allen. Paul Revere. Joshua Chamberlain.” “Yes, you do miss New Hampshire,” Ms. Scarlet replied. “In three directions.” (More) As Ms. Scarlet explained, Ethan Allen was from Vermont, Paul Revere from Massachusetts, and Joshua Chamberlain from Maine. Professor Plum nodded, and together they left to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, to spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”). The Professor of Astrology Janitor took advantage of the interruption to take a second look at what he thought was a pair of Aces. But his second Ace of Spades was actually the Four of Spades. With no help on the flop, he folded. Chef asked why he thought there might be two Aces of Spades at all. “Pinochle deck?” he asked, before beginning his plaintive mewling. Chef scurried off to the kitchen to make Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence…. +++++ Dear Ms. Crissie, I don’t know why you liberals are all in a tizzy. Yes, I told New Hampshire voters they’re the state where the shot round the world was heard in Lexington and Concord. I also said schools should be a place where knowledge, facts, and information should be on the table and we should let...

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Campus Chatter – March 13, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Harvard College was named today (1639). Also, William Herschel discovered Uranus (1781), Czar Alexander II was assassinated (1881), Tennessee passed the Butler Act (1925), CBS Radio premiered the World News Roundup (1938), Lyman Lemnitzer proposed Operation Northwoods (1962), and Kitty Genovese was murdered (1964). And the Phoenix Lights appeared (1997). Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: Owning Our Seed Corn, Part III – A More Perfect Union (Non-Cynical Saturday)

We’ve talked together about privatization this week. Now we need to talk to Fred about whether it moves us toward “a more perfect Union.” (More) Owning Our Seed Corn, Part III – A More Perfect Union (Non-Cynical Saturday) The BPI faculty and guests debated privatization in Evening Focus on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we continued that topic all week at BPI. Thursday in Morning Feature we examined some reasons behind the push to privatize government services, and in HEMMED In JanF showed privatization reaching to public libraries. Friday in Morning Feature we discussed risks of privatizing core services such as military logistics, law enforcement, and public education, and in Evening Focus Roby NJ summarized the background and issues. Today explore how to talk about privatization with Fred, our archetypal median voter. A Revolutionary Idea Back in 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote down a revolutionary idea: “all men are created equal.” Today we usually hear those words without thinking much about them. If we do reflect on them, it’s often to note that Jefferson owned slaves. He did, and that’s not a trivial quibble. Still, Jefferson looked at his world – where most people believed kings ruled by divine right and wealthy nobles were a superior breed of human beings – and saw something extraordinary. He saw those beliefs were wrong, and wrote “all men are created equal.” That idea was...

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