Hello! That marvelous machine, the typewriter , first went on sale on this day in 1874. It was invented by Christopher Latham Sholes and Carlos S. Glidden who sold it to the arms manufacturer E. Remington & Sons who began production of it, the Remington I. And what a machine: It could type only in upper-case letters and you couldn’t see what you’d typed as you were typing. In those days, you really had a good excuse for all the typos.
❖ Romania issued a report in 2008 that concluded Romania had nothing to do with CIA rendition and secret detention. Now evidence has been brought to light that Romania did indeed participate in “CIA secret detention and rendition flights”.
❖ “A U.S. drone aircraft killed eight suspected Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan on Sunday . ..”
❖ Egyptian President Mahammed Morsi “Vowed to Win Release of World Trade Center Plotter” . That would be Omar Abdel-Rahman, “the blind sheikh” currently serving a life sentence in federal prison.
❖ Burmese officials have told Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi –the only Burmese to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who has just returned to her native Burma after a wildly-successful trip to Europe, and who is head of Burma’s National League for Democracy–that she is not to refer to Burma as ‘Burma’ any longer, but as ‘Myanmar’, the name the current rulers insist on calling Burma.
❖ Marcus Agius , Chairman of Barclays, is calling it quits as a result of the “Libor-fixing scandal” in which he was involved and for which Barclay’s was fined $$50 million. Meanwhile, the Royal Bank of Scotland “has sacked four traders over the Libor-fixing scandal”, too.