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The cloudy crystal ball
Track meet
From The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth (1952):

A team of designers went to work on an automatic [spacecraft] pilot.  When it was done it worked pretty well.  And weighed four and one half tons in spite of printed circuits and relays constructed under a microscope.

However, that book does contain, somewhere, the following timeless characterization:

The government --- odd how we talk about that clearinghouse for pressure groups as if it had a will of its own ---...

Speaking of government, it is a pleasure to observe that (as I expected) an attempt to base a majority coalition on desperate meanness has failed.