Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – May 24, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) The Leiden University Library’s Nomenclator, the first printed catalog of an institutional library, appeared today (1595). Also, 100 English colonists landed at Jamestown (1607), Peter Minuit bought Manhattan (1626), the English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration that protected the religious rights of Protestants but excluded Catholics (1689), John Wesley converted, considered the launch of the Methodist movement and celebrated as Aldersgate Day (1738), Sarah Josepha Hale published the poem Mary Had a Little Lamb (1830), Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message, “What hath God wrought,” from the U.S....

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Campus Question – May 23, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today former CIA Director James Brennan testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he had “information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign” and “it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.” He also said he warned Russian officials that their meddling in our election would have consequences, and rebuffed Republican members’ repeated attempts to exonerate the God-King. And following a trail first reported by Josh Marshall, Salon’s...

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Gobsmacked, Inc.

“Okay everyone,” Janine said with a gentle rap on the table, “what have you got for us?” Kelly raised a hand. “How about Hairball Brownies?” Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Sentry Duty and Ancient Order of Misanthropes. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or...

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Campus Chatter – May 23, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Joan of Arc was captured while leading an army to relieve the Siege of Compiègne today (1430). Also, Girolamo Savonarola, who had led the Bonfire of the Vanities in Florence, was burned at the stake for defying a papal summons and edict of silence (1498), the Netherlands declared independence, starting the Eighty Years’ War with Habsburg Spain (1568), the Second Charter of Virginia was ratified (1609), the Second Defenestration of Prague sparked the Thirty Years’ War (1618), South Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution and became our 8th state (1788), Cyrill...

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Campus Question – May 22, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina district maps in Cooper v. Harris, holding that Republicans used race as a proxy to gain partisan advantage. In a surprising alignment, Justice Clarence Thomas joined Justices Elena Kagan – who authored the opinion – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor, with dissents by Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Samuel Alito. (Justice Neil Gorsuch did not hear oral arguments or participate in the decision.) Election law professor Rick Hasen explains the details and Mother Jones’ Pema Levy offers...

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