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Secret Service Codenames

I like that Ted Kennedy is 'Sunburn'! Secret Service codenames are a throwback to the period before electronic transmissions were encrypted. Although they serve no practical security function today, the US Army Signal Corps still assigns codenames (mostly out of tradition). John Anderson Miracle, Starburst, Stardust   Keke Anderson Scarlet   Howard Baker Snapshot  (…)

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

From Sky News: Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November just days after the first election there in two decades, officials say. The Nobel Peace laureate has been detained for most of the last 20 years since winning the country’s last poll in 1990. Unnamed sources told the AFP news(…)

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Google makes collection of Life Magazines from 1936 to 1972 available online.

Google makes collection of Life Magazines from 1936 to 1972 available online.

This is really amazing, link to Life Magazine at Google Books. Similar: The complete history of Esquire Magazine’s Covers The evolution of Heavy Metal covers June 1st New Yorker Magazine cover painted entirely with an iPhone app The Pelican Project — Book covers from 1930 – 1980 Al Jaffee’s fold-ins for Mad magazine, from the(…)

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William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

From Gawker: Columnist and presidential speechwriter Bill Safire was one of only three non-disloyal Jews President Nixon could name. Here is the speech he drafted for Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 Astronauts became stranded on the moon! It is a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had(…)

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Obama to OK benefits for same-sex partners of federal workers

Obama to OK benefits for same-sex partners of federal workers

President Obama will sign a memorandum Wednesday granting health care and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, two senior administration officials said. The signing will take place in the Oval Office and follows sharp criticism of the president over a Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of(…)

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President Obama Unveils New Logos Designed by Mode Project

President Obama Unveils New Logos Designed by Mode Project

Creative director Steve Juras led designers Aaron Draplin and Chris Glass in the assignment to create two logos, one for projects completed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the second for the  U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) team. ModeProject.com

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Losar — Tibetan New Year Feb 25th — Worldwide Protest

Xeni Jardin over at BoingBoing has an interesting piece on the Tibetan New Year's protest over Chinese human rights abuse: Today, February 25, 2009, is the date on which Tibetan New Year — Losar — begins. Many Tibetan exiles around the world are observing Losar in a different manner this year. Some are forgoing traditional(…)

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A Collection of Newspaper Masthead Clip Art

A Collection of Newspaper Masthead Clip Art

I love Flickr. While looking for some reference material I came across this excellent collection. The prints look like lino-cuts or wood blocks. From Oldtasty's Flickrset This is an outstanding collection of Cultural-Revolution era imagery and propaganda, made available with thanks to Webster University (for use of their scanning station) and Flickr. Translations will be(…)

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