Author: The BPI Squirrel

Campus Chatter Special Election Night Edition

Join us in a special Campus Chatter Election Night Edition at BPI Campus. The resident and satellite (nice moons!) faculty will be here at 6pm to discuss tonight’s election results. Join us for tears, cheers, jeers, and spears (Chef is making asparagus). And yes, even a few nuts for the BPI Squirrel. Click for Link.       Click on this link after 6pm Eastern on Tuesday, November 2nd. The 111th Congress has 57 Democratic Senators and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats and 255 House Democrats versus 178 House Republicans. Control of the Senate would be retained if Democrats end up with 50 seats because of the Joe Biden tie breaker. Control of the House would be retained if we keep 218 seats. What we know about the elections: • Republicans need to flip 39 seats for control of the House • Republicans need to flip 10 seats for control of the Senate (or 9 if LIEberman decides to caucus with the Republicans) Link to NY Times Election Results: Interactive Maps (starts with...

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Furthermore! – The End of the World?

From the BPI Squirrel: I saw in today’s Campus Chatter that the Mayan creation story says the Fourth World was created on August 11, 3114 BCE, at the start of the last 14th b’ak’tun on the Mesoamerican Long-Count Calendar. The next 14th b’ak’tun starts December 21, 2012. So that’s the end of the world? (More) In a nutshell, and the shell is all I ever leave, that’s the evidence for The 2012 Myth. This modern myth says the ancient Maya predicted the end of the world on December 21, 2012. And like that nutshell … it’s an empty husk. According to the Mayan creation story in the Popol Vuh,the gods created three previous worlds. The fourth time, the Mayan story goes, the world was good enough for humans. (You people are picky.) In translating ancient Mayan, it’s hard to tell if the story means a new planet, or a new historical epoch. Their story may have ancient seeds in their ancestors recovering after the last ice age or a more recent natural disaster. Or maybe someone made it up, like modern humans made up The 2012 Myth. There is no Mayan prophecy about an apocalypse on December 21, 2012. In fact, the Temple of Inscriptions at Palenque refers to the 80th Calendar Round anniversary of the ascension of K’inich Janaab’ Pakal. Pakal became Palenque’s ruler on July 27, 615....

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Morning Feature: Not at Nutroots Nation (From the BPI Squirrel)

I’m the BPI Squirrel. After my Winter Solstice debut, I joined the staff as BPI’s roving correspondent. They sent me to D.C. for the CPAC Convention and to New Orleans for the GOP Leadership Conference, so I was sure they’d send me to Las Vegas for Nutroots Nation. Yeah, right. (More) Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I wanted to travel. Traveling makes me cranky, mostly because BPI never buys me a seat so I have to travel in one of those little plastic crates in the cargo hold. There are no in-flight movies, and unless Chef puts something in my crate I don’t even get peanuts. And you know how I am when I’m hungry. Then there’s the hotel rooms. Mine look like this – that’s me, texting updates from outside the CPAC convention – because BPI is too cheap to book me a room or even get me a press credential. All of this makes me wonder why I took this roving correspondent gig. I’m not even a trained journalist, as Pootie the Precious reminded me this week. I also have to learn not to break the news, most of which is already broken enough. Plus traveling gets in the way of my research on 21st Century political nuttitude – I’m still working on that thesis – and that makes me cranky. Chef says everything makes...

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