The Fort was to be built to protect the East River approach to New York Harbor, along with Fort Schuyler, which faces it from Throgs Neck
on the opposite side of the river entrance. It was later named in 1898 after Joseph Gilbert Totten.
Plans for the Fort Totten Water Battery at Willets Point were initially prepared by Captain Robert E Lee (yes, that Robert E Lee) in 1857 and purchased by the U.S. Government from the Willets family. After Congress appropriated $155,000, construction began on Fort Totten in 1862.
On the second floor bastion, a crater clings to a shell of rifle artillery shot through a small window during test firing in 1864. The damage inflicted was so extensive battlefield engineers abandoned the project altogether.
Behind its walls, winding tunnels lead the way to torpedo magazines and abandoned artillery rooms
Six batteries, built between 1885 and 1903 as a second line of defense, stand crippled and weather-beaten behind the battery. Uprooted trees are shouldered by much of the mortar structure, left after a century of hurricanes and tornadoes ripped through the area.
The land had last served as a U.S. Army Reserve post in 1974, after a century of housing army schools and artillery headquarters.
After nearly two decades of community lobbying efforts for a new Bayside area park, in 1987 New York City and Parks accepted the gift of ten acres of surplus Fort Totten land from the U.S. Department of Defense. The land officially closed as a base in 1995.
Attribution: Jennifer Madison
A 72-year-old man goes for a physical. All of his tests come back normal so the doctor says, “Harry, everything looks great. How are you doing mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God?”
Harry replies, “God and I are tight. He knows I have poor eyesight, so he’s fixed it when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, poof!, the light goes on. When I’m done, poof!, the light goes off.”
“Wow, that’s incredible,” the doctor says.
A little later in the day, the doctor calls Harry’s wife. “Mrs. White,” he says, “Harry is doing fine but I had to call you because I’m in awe of his relationship with God. Is it true that he gets up during the night and poof! the light goes on in the bathroom, and when he’s done, poof! the light goes off?”
“OH GOOD GRIEF!” Mrs. white exclaims, “He’s pissing in the fridge again!”
You are forced to witness the slow demise of this individual.
It turns out the I.V. is what’s killing him, although very slowly. You are told the I.V. is a good thing and that the drug they are administering will eventually save his life. You are confused.
There was nothing wrong with your loved one before the I.V. was forced upon him. He was perfectly healthy, yet the experts tell you that no, he is really quite ill and they are the only ones who can save him.
You know this to be false. You’ve seen the results of his physicals, his complete medical records. He was the picture of health, yet the people in charge will not look at the records or simply dismiss your claims of his health.
You must be in denial and fail to see just how sick he is. These are people of faith and they know what must be done. You must place your trust and the life of your loved one in their capable hands. They know better than you what is good for the dying man. They are the experts, not you.
As Rick Santorum so aptly stated; it is a theology. The religion of the left is environmentalism. Unlike other religions that fill one with hope & joy, this one brings only misery and will eventually ruin us all, as it is in this community in Colorado. Just like the man on the hospital gurney, it is a painful, slow death.
I think the people of Craig, Colorado know that death is around the corner and they are helpless to stop it. The utter frustration for these citizens is, that they know the madness could be reversed and their community revitalized if only the despotic rulers of the country and their state would step aside. and allow the I.V. of extremist enviromentalism to be removed.
Where shall we file this article? Maybe we can put it in the ” Ain’t technology grand and it will never be abused or used against us” folder. Is there an App for that?
By: Jordan Robertson of Bloomberg
Janne Kytömäki, a Finnish software developer, was cruising Google’s Android Market for smartphone apps last year when he noticed something strange. Dozens of best-selling applications suddenly listed the same wrong publisher. It was as if Stephen King’s name had vanished from the covers of his books, replaced by an unknown author. Kytömäki realized the culprit was a piece of malware that was spreading quickly, and he posted his findings online.
Google responded swiftly. It flipped a little-known kill switch, reaching into more than 250,000 infected Android smartphones and forcibly removing the malicious code. “It was sort of unreal, watching something like that unfold,” says Kytömäki, who makes dice simulator apps. Kill switches are a standard part of most smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. Google, Apple, and Amazon all have the ability to reach into devices to delete illicit content or edit code without users’ permission. It’s a powerful way to stop threats that spread quickly, but it’s also a privacy and security land mine.
Microsoft declined to answer questions about the kill switch in Windows 8 other than to say it will only be able to remove or change applications downloaded through the new app store. Any software loaded from a flash drive, DVD, or directly from the Web will remain outside Microsoft’s control. Still, the kill switch is a tool that could help Microsoft prevent mass malware infections. “For most users, the ability to remotely remove apps is a good thing,” says Charlie Miller, a researcher with the security company Accuvant.
The history of kill switches on smartphones and e-readers suggests they’re double-edged swords for the companies that wield them. In 2009, Amazon reached into users’ Kindles to delete e-book copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm that had been sold by a publisher without the necessary rights. The ensuing backlash caused Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos to call the move “stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles.”
The reluctance of tech companies to set explicit policies for when they will and will not use kill switches contributes to the fear they’ll be abused. Civil rights and free speech advocates worry that tech companies could be pressured by governments to delete software or data for political reasons. “You have someone who has absolute control over my hard drive in ways I may have never anticipated or consented to,” says Eric Goldman, director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University’s law school in California. “If they use that power wisely, they actually make my life better. We don’t know if they use the power wisely. In fact, we may never know when they use their power at all.”
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of Android engineering, says the search company reserves the use of the kill switch for “really egregious, really obvious cases” of harmful content. Microsoft’s Biggs says the company has used the functionality in its smartphones only for “technical issues and content issues.” Apple declined to comment. Amazon did not respond to several messages.
Like many in his profession, Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder of the San Francisco startup Lookout, which makes security software for smartphones, expresses mixed emotions about the emergence of kill switches. “The remote removal tools are very much a response to the mistakes of the PC era,” he says. “Whether or not it’s an overcorrection, I think history will tell us. It can be done right, but we as an industry need to tread carefully. It’s easy to imagine several dystopian futures that can arise from this.”
One supporter is Janne Kytömäki, the Finn who discovered the Android malware outbreak. He says Google did the right thing by deleting the malware without users’ permission. “What was the alternative?” he says. “Leave those apps installed on 200,000 people’s mobiles? This is something that had to be done.”
Famous last words: We couldn’t just do nothing!
How about , “Buyer Beware”, or user beware. We’ve allowed the door of abuse to cracked open. Mark my words. This kill switch program will progress into other areas and it wiil eventually be abused.
Ben Franklin said: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
A supernova remnant 170,000 light years away in one of the Milky Way’s galactic neighbors. This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows ambient gas being shocked by the expanding blast wave from the exploding star
Sand dunes trapped in an impact crater in the Noachis Terra region of Mars. The area covered in the image is about 1km (1100 yards) across. Sand dunes are among the most widespread wind-formed features on Mars. Patterns of dune erosion and deposition provide insights into the sedimentary history of the surrounding terrain. This picture is from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This panoramic image taken from the International Space Station shows lights from population centers in Belgium and the Netherlands (center bottom), the British Isles partially obscured by solar array panels (left), the North Sea (center left), and Scandinavia (right) behind the space station’s remote manipulator system
Nasa captured this dramatic image of a solar flare on 2 January. To view a video of the event click here. The show lasted about three hours, but the blast was not directed at Earth
Ok, this just has to be seen & heard to be believed!
This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the
Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of
the machine’s components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation
Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa . Yes, farm equipment!
It took the team a
combined 13,029 hours (6.26 years) of set-up, alignment, calibration, and
tuning before filming this video but as you can see, it was WELL worth the
It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the
University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.
TO: Honorable Secretary of Agriculture
What I want to know is, in your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to raise hogs on, and what is the best breed of hogs not to raise?
I want to be sure that I approach this endeavor in keeping with all governmental policies. I would prefer not to raise razorbacks, but if that is not a good breed not to raise, then I will just as gladly not raise Yorkshires or Durocs.
As I see it, the hardest part of this program will be in keeping an accurate inventory of how many hogs I haven’t raised.
My friend, Peterson, is very joyful about the future of the business. He has been raising hogs for twenty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was $422 in 1968, until this year when he got your check for $1000 for not raising hogs.
If I get $1000 for not raising 50 hogs, will I get $2000 for not raising 100 hogs? I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding myself down to about 4000 hogs not raised, which will mean about $80,000 the first year. Then I can afford an airplane.
Now another thing, these hogs I will not raise will not eat 100,000 bushels of corn. I understand that you also pay farmers for not growing corn and wheat. Will I qualify for payments for not growing wheat and corn not to feed the 4000 hogs I am not going to raise?
In view of these circumstances, you understand that I will be totally unemployed and plan to file for unemployment and food stamps. Be assured you will have my vote in the coming election.
P.S. Would you please notify me when you plan to distribute more free cheese.