Saturday, November 12, 2016

USA and the Facts I Did not Know

USA and the Facts I Did not Know

1. 50 fifty states

2. 300 million population

3. 120 million took part in the election

4. How many did not vote, I do not know?

5. 180 million ineligible or not registered including minors

6. Minimum age 18 years (migrant workers' right not stated, in the sense de facto or de juro basis)

7. No compulsion or mandatory to vote

8. Mrs. Clinton got little over 600,000 votes above Mr. Trump but got 232 electoral colleges whereas Mr.Trump got 290.

9. Total colleges are 538 and the above tally does not add up to 538 (26 electoral colleges I cannot account for)

10. It has 9 time zones and four contiguous time zones.

Managing this election was an enormous task and hats off to the federal officers managing it without a hitch.

Having said that the behaviour of the losing party is unbecoming and they have no legal right to do so since president is elected by the electors (electoral colleagues) and not the voters.

Losing Voters have to “eat the humble pie” for another four years.

Thanks to Wikipedia

Eligibility to Vote
Eligibility to vote in the United States is established both through the federal constitution and by state law. Several constitutional amendments (the 15th, 19th, and 26th specifically) require that voting rights cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18; the constitution as originally written did not establish any such rights during 1787–1870.
In the absence of a specific federal law or constitutional provision, each state is given considerable discretion to establish qualifications for suffrage and candidacy within its own respective jurisdiction; in addition, states and lower level jurisdictions establish election systems, such as at-large or single member district elections for county councils or school boards.
The United States Electoral College is the body that elects the president and vice president of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead they choose "electors", who pledge beforehand to vote for the candidate of a particular party.
Each state gets to choose as many electors as the combined total of the number of U.S. senators and representatives to which the state is entitled.
The District of Columbia gets at most the number of electors it would have if it were a state but not more than the number of electors of the least-populous state (currently three).
There are therefore currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 representatives and 100 senators in the House of Representatives and the Senate, plus the three electors for the District of Columbia.
The Constitution bars any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector.
The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Dialing code: +1

From GMT to UTC

GMT was superseded as the international civil time standard by Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1960, when the International Radio Consultative Committee formalized the concept of Coordinated Universal Time, abbreviated as UTC.
It is, within about 1 second, mean solar time at 0°.
It does not observe daylight saving time. It is one of several closely related successors to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For most purposes, UTC is considered interchangeable with GMT, but GMT is no longer precisely defined by the scientific community.

Zones used in the contiguous U.S.

From east to west, the times zones of the contiguous United States are:
    The eastern standard time zone: (Zone R), which comprises roughly the states on the Atlantic coast and the eastern two thirds of the Ohio Valley.
    The central standard time zone: (Zone S), which comprises roughly the Gulf Coast, Mississippi Valley, and Great Plains.
    The mountain standard time zone: (Zone T), which comprises roughly the states that include the Rocky Mountains.
    The Pacific standard time zone: (Zone U), which comprises roughly the states on the Pacific coast, plus Nevada and the Idaho panhandle.

United States time zones

Standard time zones in the United States are currently defined at the federal level by law 15 USC -260. The federal law also establishes the transition dates and times at which daylight saving time occurs, if observed. It is ultimately the authority of the Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with the states, to determine which regions will observe which of the standard time zones and if they will observe daylight saving time.
As of August 9, 2007, the standard time zones are defined in terms of hourly offsets from UTC. Prior to this they were based upon the mean solar time at several meridians 15° apart west of Greenwich (GMT).
Only the full-time zone names listed below are official; abbreviations are by common use conventions, and duplicated elsewhere in the world for different time zones.
The United States uses nine standard time zones.
As defined by US law they are:
  1. The Atlantic standard time zone
  2. The eastern standard time zone
  3. The central standard time zone
  4. The mountain standard time zone
  5. The Pacific standard time zone
  6. The Alaska standard time zone
  7. The Hawaii–Aleutian standard time zone
  8. The Samoa standard time zone
  9. The Chamorro standard time zone

Linux Magazine and the Editor

Linux Magazine and the Editor
Linux Magazine has made alliance with "Linux Voice".
Even though I do not engage in "Flame Wars"of the old time, it is nice to see some constructive criticism on paper (not on social media please).
Social media including Facebook have become the staging ground for psychopaths.

It is evident after the US Election, currently.

Why I want "Flame Wars" on paper is that a good editor knows how to choose words or edit them for public consumption.
Linux Magazine has a very good Editor in Chief.

Racism or any Ism

Racism or any Ism
This a comment I did not want to post at a web site with inflammatory audience.

Well racism is genetically transmitted disease.
I felt it in 1980s in UK but certainly not to this degree.
I was qualified for citizenship but l let it expire.
That was a wise decision since I CANNOT tolerate racism and would end up dead on a subway.

Yet, I had a passion to visit USA and these scenes make me to revise that decision.

Education system both in this country and USA (may be in UK too) has failed the human dignity, especially of the minorities.