With Captains Reid and Pelosi at the helm, the USS Graft N' Corruption is going full speed ahead straight towards the Polls Iceberg.
In other news, today is the 40th birthday of the ATM.
There are about a million and a half ATM's in the world today with over 400,000 in the US alone. And yes, I could have a pretty wild weekend on $22 back in 1970. The average salary was $7,564 -- about $145.46 per week.
The machine, installed by Barclays at its Enfield branch in London, did not use a plastic card to access accounts, but instead used radioactive cheques impregnated with a small amount of Carbon 14.
The first customer was Reg Varney, from the television show "On the Buses", who withdrew the maximum amount then allowed of £10.
"That was regarded then as quite enough for a wild weekend," ATM inventor John
Shepherd-Barron told the BBC.
In 1970 I had just finished my junior year at SU and was making $3.20 an hour as a security guard -- $128 a week.
I supported a wife and child on that salary in married student housing. It was a great step up from my previous job which paid $2 an hour.
I also purchased my first rifle that year, a WWII 303 Lee Enfield. I was 21.
My first daughter was 2 months old. I still have the daughter and my brother has the rifle.