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Some Videos on how to photograph the moon

Just thought these might be of interest to some like myself who are less skilled with our cameras.

http://www.photographytalk.com/forum/tips-and-taking-photos/149454-photography-tip-photographing-the-moon#149454

January 22, 1984 The Apple Macintosh in introduced during the Super Bowl

1984 – The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Macintosh

January 22, 1890 – The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio.

The UMW was founded in Columbus, Ohio, on January 22, 1890, with the merger of two old labor groups, the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union.[3] Adopting the model of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), the union was initially established as a three-pronged labor tool: to develop mine safety; to improve mine workers' independence from the mine owners and the company store; and to provide miners with collective bargaining power. After passage of the National Recovery Act in 1933, organizers spread throughout the United States to organize all coal miners into labor unions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Mine_Workers_of_America

Hostess union hires investment bank

NEW YORK (AP) -- The pension fund for one of Hostess Brands' unions has hired an investment bank to represent workers and pensioners as the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread sells off its brands.

In a statement posted Sunday on its website, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents around 6,000 Hostess bakers, said Gordian Group LLC will represent the fund.

Gordian, a New York investment banking firm that specializes in distressed cases, has represented unionized workers at American Airlines, which is undergoing restructuring in bankruptcy. It's also an adviser in the ongoing liquidation of disgraced investor Bernard Madoff's firm.

Earlier this month, Irving, Texas-based Hostess selected Flowers Foods Inc. to buy its six bread brands, including Wonder Bread, along with 20 bakeries and 38 depots, for $390 million.
Flowers Foods, based in Thomasville, Ga., was selected as the stalking horse bidder for the bread brands. That means higher competing bids can still be made and the final deal must be approved in bankruptcy court.

http://news.yahoo.com/hostess-union-hires-investment-bank-234541056.html

Missourians For Equality Hold Petition Kickoff To Change State Nondiscrimination Policy

The gay and lesbian community is pushing to be included in a state law to protect against discrimination. The nonpartisan political action committee Missourians for Equality is kicking off its statewide petition drive in several areas across

The six-month old organization is seeking over 100,000 signatures for a ballot measure in the hopes of including gender identity and sexual discrimination into the state’s nondiscrimination policy. Executive director and co-founder Aaron Malin has been passionate about the issue since middle school, when he witnessed anti-gay bullying and discrimination.

“When you see human beings being treated that poorly, it really motivates you to act. It’s driven me to be invested ever since and I imagine it’s something I’ll be invested in for the rest of my life,” he says

Smaller communities in and around the St. Louis area have amended their discrimination policies to accommodate the LGBT community, and citizens are now banding together to make it a state law.

http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missourians-equality-hold-petition-kickoff-change-state-nondiscrimination-policy

Emerson sets departure date: 11:59 p.m. on January 22

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, will no longer represent Missouri’s 8th District as of 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday.

Emerson said in a telephone interview Friday that her timing is aimed at encouraging Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special election on April 2, a regular election date.

By law, the governor’s announcement setting a special election must be at least 10 Tuesdays before the date, she said. “We’re giving him 11.”

She said she is sending a letter to the governor stipulating the exact day and time that she is stepping down.

https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/28957/emerson_leave_congress_011813?coverpage=2555

Nixon calls special elections in two House districts, including one in St. Louis

Gov. Jay Nixon has set dates to fill two vacant seats in the Missouri House, including one in a St. Louis-based district.

Nixon's office announced on Thursday that the governor set April 2 as the date for special elections to fill vacant House seats in the St. Louis-based 76th District and the Lawrence County-based 157th District.

The 76th seat became vacant after former state Rep. Chris Carter, D-St. Louis, was elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. That district, which covers part of north St. Louis, is overwhelmingly Democratic.

The 157th District became vacant after state Rep. Don Ruzicka, R-Mt. Vernon, was appointed to serve on the state Board of Probation and Parole. While the 157th District leans Republican, Democrat Charles Dake won a 2006 special election in a similar district.


https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/28936/nixon_vacancies_house_carter?coverpage=2547

January 19: National Popcorn Day

Americans consume approximately 17.3 billion quarts of popcorn each year (sweet-and salty kettle corn is the category’s fastest-growing flavor). Popcorn is now a popular snack food all over the world. As one of America’s indigenous snack foods—corn is native to Mesoamerica—popcorn has always been a part of our lives. It’s not only a household snack but it is ubiquitous in recreation—at amusement parks, circuses, fairs, sporting events, and at every movie theatre. It’s hard to imagine a time and occasion when we don’t have the crunchy popped kernels to munch on.

The oldest popcorn known to date was discovered in 1948 by anthropologist Herbert Dick and botanist Earle Smith in the “Bat Cave” in west central New Mexico. The popcorn ears, which ranged from 1/2 inch to 2 inches long, are carbon-dated to be more than 5,600 years old. Archaeologists deduce that popcorn was first made by throwing corn kernels on sizzling hot stones tended over a campfire, or onto heated sand, causing the kernels to pop. It was not eaten as a snack food: the corn was sifted and then pounded into a fine, powdery meal and mixed with water. This same cooking technique was used by the early Colonists, who mixed ground popcorn with milk and ate it for breakfast as a kind of cereal.

A fourth century C.E. Zapotec funeral urn found in Mexico depicts a maize god with symbols representing primitive popcorn in his headdress. Ancient popcorn poppers, shallow vessels with a hole on the top and a single handle, have been found on the northern coast of Peru and date back to about 300 C.E. Peruvian Indians called the popcorn pisancalla. A 1,000 year old popped kernel of popcorn was found in a dry cave inhabited by predecessors of the Pueblo Indian in southwest Utah. Native Americans flavored popcorn with herbs and spices.

Popcorn was introduced to Europeans via exploration of the New World. Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes first learned of it during his 1519 of what is now Mexico. He cataloged in his travel journals that the Aztecs used the popped corn, or momochitl, as decoration for ceremonial wreaths, necklaces and ornaments on the statues of their gods. A few decades earlier, in the late 15th century, Christopher Columbus also noted that the Native Americans made popcorn corsages and headdresses for dance rituals, which were also sold to his sailors.

http://www.thenibble.com/REVIEWS/main/snacks/the-history-of-popcorn.asp

January 19, 1983 – The Apple Lisa, is announced

1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Lisa

Retailers show off innovation at expo

NEW YORK • I got a hint of black pepper.
Someone else thought she smelled lemongrass.

We laughed when the spice we were supposedly smelling popped up on the screen: cardamom. We blamed our errors on our weak noses while also wondering if the machine had really emitted any smell at all.

We were standing before a kiosk in the middle of the National Retail Federation’s cavernous and dizzying expo floor at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

Hundreds of exhibitors this week rolled out fancy carpets and erected elaborate displays showcasing the latest store gadgetry and innovations such as bar code scanners, point-of-sale devices (for example, handheld card swipers to make transactions), interactive kiosks and “smart” walls that could be coming to a store near you.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/consumer-central/retailers-show-off-innovation-at-expo/article_73977dd0-3ad4-501d-bd7f-2e552785151e.html
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