Yup, we got to control voter fraud. Can’t have them poor brown people voting, ya know…. Or them welfare cheats….. Or students. Especially not the students.
As voting officials readied Diebold machines in their precinct, a few machines received a small modification. A $10 part plugged directly into their logic board, tucked inside the machine, and the machine locked up. Everything was done according to routine, down to verifying the locks on the machines were engaged. Only one key was needed to verify, leaving a single official to oversee the final setup.
Election Day dawned, and long lines formed early. After showing the correct identification to enter the voting booth, citizens cast their votes for President, Congress, and assorted local offices.
In the next room, the official overseeing results held a small remote device. Periodically, he pulls out the remote and pushes the right button. Activation complete.
Whatever votes were actually cast are now irrelevant. The voter’s choices have been intercepted and changed to the new slate before they’re recorded in device memory.
Voters were shocked to discover a Republican landslide in 2012. The House ,Senate, and Presidency had been won by a handful of votes in key districts expected to vote solidly Democratic.
Ellen Church became the world’s first stewardess on May 15, 1930, working a flight from Oakland to Chicago for Boeing Air Transport (BAT), which owned United Air Lines and later took that name officially. Pictured: the inaugural crew before takeoff on their first day, California, May 15, 1930. Standing in foreground from left to right are: Margaret Arnott, Inez Keller, Cornelia Peterman, Harriet Iden, Jessie Carter, and Ella Crawford. Standing in the doorway from left are Ellen Church and Alva Johnson.
Margaret Arnott would be my great-aunt. She raised my father after his mother died.
….pictures of a house that Simon Dale built for his family in Wales. It was built by him and his father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting they were moved in and cosy. He estimate 1000-1500 man hours and $5000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).
These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.
Hasselblad Photography Manual for NASA Astronauts.
As a guidebook for the NASA Photography Training Program, it not only describes the operation of the Hasselblad 500 EL/M cameras used on the U. S. Space Shuttle but is also a concise manual on photography to assist astronauts in creating the best possible space photographs.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you may have gleaned that I spent some time growing up in a quaint small town in rural eastern Oregon. While it had its distinct, umm, qualities, it wasn’t all bad…like the time we started an internationally renowned VW camping society. That was fun.
In 1997, email mailing lists were among the most popular social networks on the Internet. A discussion on one Volkswagen-centric mailing list spawned a post-labor day VW campout at the state park just up the road.
It was generally agreed that the get-together was a good idea, and that an encore was in order. Between the bus tours and campfire stories that weekend, WetWesties was born. Having settled on an appropriate name for their new club, the charter members second and final act of business was to designate BJ Thomas’ ditty as their anthem. And so it goes.
Today – literally, right now – my parents are up at that state park hosting the 15th annual WetWesties reunion. Spiffy.
The initial work of NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity at its new location on Mars shows surface compositional differences from anything the robot has studied in its first 7.5 years of exploration.
Opportunity arrived three weeks ago at the rim of a 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater named Endeavour. The first rock it examined is flat-topped and about the size of a footstool. It was apparently excavated by an impact that dug a crater the size of a tennis court into the crater’s rim. The rock was informally named “Tisdale 2.”
"This is different from any rock ever seen on Mars," said Steve Squyres, principal investigator for Opportunity at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "It has a composition similar to some volcanic rocks, but there’s much more zinc and bromine than we’ve typically seen. We are getting confirmation that reaching Endeavour really has given us the equivalent of a second landing site for Opportunity."