Author: Crissie Brown

Campus Chatter – April 22, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Pedro Álvares Cabral landed in Brazil today (1500). Also, Hernán Cortés founded the settlement that is now Veracruz, Mexico (1519), Spain and Portugal agreed to divide Asia and the Pacific Islands in the Treaty of Saragossa (1529), the British East India Company captured Ormuz from Portugal, opening Persia to British traders (1622), Congress passed the Coinage Act mandating the inscription “In God We Trust” on all U.S. coins (1864), the Boston Red Stockings, now the Atlanta Braves, defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5 in the National League’s inaugural game (1876), Oklahoma...

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Campus Question – April 21, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today the God-King predicted that yesterday’s shooting in Paris will help French wingnut Marine Le Pen in next week’s presidential elections because Le Pen is the most Islamophobic candidate in the race. Little Green Footballs’s Charles Johnson notes that both the God-King and Le Pen play into terrorists’ hands with by hyping fear to justify war with Islam. But pragmatic centrist Emmanuel Macron still leads in most polls. Meanwhile, today the God-King signed an executive order that, Matthew Yglesias writes, “a clear flashing light that the notion of a Trump-era GOP as...

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Campus Chatter – April 21, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Tradition holds that Romulus founded Rome today (753 BCE). Also, Tundun pardoned the debts of Namwaran and his children Angkatan and Butah, as recorded on the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, the oldest known writing in the Philippines (900), Urban II elevated the Diocese of Pisa to an archdiocese (1092), the three-day Lisbon Massacre ended with over 1900 Jews having been killed (1506), Malta’s Wignacourt Aqueduct opened (1615), Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke founded the city of Rattanakosin, now known as Bangkok (1782), Bahá’u’lláh entered the Najibiyyih Gardens for a twelve-day period of revelation,...

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Campus Question – April 20, 2017

Tonight’s question, greetings, and banter here. (More) Today House Republicans leaked their Latest and Worst American Wealthcare Act, a deal that would let states dump coverage requirements and allow insurers to price pre-existing conditions out of the market in exchange for promising to create or join underfunded and inefficient high-risk pools. In other words, they’ve taken the previous Wealthcare Act’s least popular parts and made them even crueler despite polls showing Obamacare gaining in popularity and Americans wanting more people covered with lower out-of-pocket costs … all because the God-King wants to be able to say he repealed Obamacare...

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Campus Chatter – April 20, 2017

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Boniface VIII founded the Sapienza University of Rome today (1303). Also, Jacques Cartier set sail on the voyage that would lead him to Labrador and Canada (1534), residents of Stockholm saw the Sun Dog, prompting Urban Målare to paint the Vädersolstavlan (1535), Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament (1653), the Dutch colonial government guaranteed freedom of religion for Jews in New Amsterdam, now New York City (1657), British troops besieged Boston following the battles of Lexington and Concord (1775), the French Assembly declared war on Austria, the formal start of...

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