Chernobyl meltdown, Cassini suicide, Florida man, WikiTribune, blame Canada, Erin Moran's heartbreaking demise, universal basic income in US?
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Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 5:49 AM EDT
Apr 26 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 26, the 116th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 249 days remaining.

There are:
2 days until Arbor Day;
9 days until Cinco de Mayo;
18 days until Mother's Day;
30 days until the start of Ramadan;
33 days until Memorial Day;
39 days until Pentecost;
49 days until Flag Day;
56 days until the Summer Solstice;
60 days until the end of Ramadan;
60 days until Father's Day;
69 days until Independence Day (July 4);
131 days until Labor Day;
559 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,365 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the No.4 light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, in what was then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union (USSR). An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere. During the accident, blast effects caused 2 deaths within the facility and later 29 firemen and employees died in the days-to-months afterward from acute radiation syndrome, with the potential for long-term cancers still being investigated.

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Among other things, today is also Internation Guide Dog Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man used neighbor's wi-fi to make bomb threats.

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Some persons born on April 26 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 50,543 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"Why is this thus? What is the reason of this thusness?"
-Artemus Ward

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news. Wikitribune is not affiliated with Wikipedia or its parent organization, the Wikimedia Foundation. It also seems to be working sporadically.

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Trump does it again. Who's the first target in his fair trade fight? Canada, of course.

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The 20 year old Cassini spacecraft prepares for its suicidal dive into the rings of Saturn.

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"It got so bad so fast. By the middle of February, Erin could no longer speak or eat or drink." Erin Moran's husband writes letter detailing her battle with cancer.

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Breitbart News' application for permanent congressional press passes was denied on Tuesday, after a months-long attempt by the right-wing news outlet to obtain credentials.

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How online shopping makes suckers of us all. Well, ok. But at least I didn't have to put on my shoes.

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Is universal basic income possible in America? Don't hold your breath.

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Hubble, telephones, Florida wildfire cocaine, Superman's mentor, tripping on Trump, plastic-eating caterpillars, opioid under-reporting, Spinal Tap sues
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Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 6:36 AM EDT
Apr 25 2017

Today is Tuesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 250 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until Arbor Day;
10 days until Cinco de Mayo;
19 days until Mother's Day;
31 days until the start of Ramadan;
34 days until Memorial Day;
40 days until Pentecost;
50 days until Flag Day;
57 days until the Summer Solstice;
61 days until the end of Ramadan;
61 days until Father's Day;
70 days until Independence Day (July 4);
132 days until Labor Day;
560 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,366 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery. The only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts, five subsequent Space Shuttle missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope, including all five of the main instruments. Still operating after 27 years, it could last until its orbit decays sometime between 2030 and 2040. Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is scheduled for launch in October, 2018.

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Among other things, today is also National Telephone Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man snorts cocaine in front of cops as wildfire rages.

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Some persons born on April 25 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 50,543 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation."
-Edward R. Murrow

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Today is also the birthday of Mort Weisinger (1915-1978), a man who had an enormous impact on me and those comic book-reading and television-watching kids of my generation. He was an American magazine and comic book editor best known for editing DC Comics' Superman during the mid-1950s into the 1960s, in the Silver Age of comic books. He also co-created such features as Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Johnny Quick, and served as story editor for The Adventures of Superman television series. Weisinger was responsible for much of the Superman mythos. He was the one who attributed Kryptonian superpowers to Earth's yellow sun. He devised various types of kryptonite, the concept of "imaginary" stories, and introduced Supergirl, Krypto the Super Dog, the Phantom Zone, the bottle city of Kandor, and the Legion of Super-Heroes to the DC universe.

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If you've ever wondered what it's like to be under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs, I suggest reading the transcript of the AP's interview with Donald Trump. This is what's known as "a bad trip."

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Plastic-eating caterpillars could munch waste, scientists say. They eat beeswax, but can also digest plastic. To those of us who remember Mothra, this isn't that much of a surprise.

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The opioid epidemic 'is underestimated': CDC report warns current data is just the tip of the iceberg as many drug deaths are not recorded. Medical examiners may report diseases, like pneumonia, as cause of death and not mention drug addiction.

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The big winner in Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox may be MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Full disclosure: I'm a major fan, mainly because she's so darned intelligent, unlike many talking heads who merely spin and re-spin clichés and catchy phrases. And she's honest to a fault. If she makes a mistake on her show, it isn't buried at the end of the broadcast; she leads with it, often spending more time on a detailed mea culpa than was spent on the original story. Maddow earned a degree in public policy at Stanford in 1994. At graduation, she was awarded the John Gardner Fellowship. She was also the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and began her postgraduate study in 1995 at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 2001, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in politics at the University of Oxford. Her thesis was titled HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons. Her most memorable observation about the Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan: "I have a doctorate in this subject, and even I don't understand it (the GOP proposal)."

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Choline, a nutrient in meat and eggs may conspire with gut bacteria to make the blood more prone to clotting, a small study suggests. Choline boosted the production of TMAO, which increases blood clotting. Past studies have linked higher TMAO levels in the blood to heightened risks of blood clots, heart attack and stroke. On the plus side, aspirin may reduce the risk.

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The creators of This is Spinal Tap, the most influential mockumentary ever made, have been paid almost nothing. The rock gods are angry. The band is back together again, and they're demanding $400 million in damages.

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Library of Congress, La Marseillaise, World Day for Laboratory Animals, Florida underwear thief, there are few things you can trust online
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Published Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 6:08 AM EDT
Apr 24 2017

Today is Monday, April 24, the 114th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 251 days remaining.

There are:
4 days until Arbor Day;
11 days until Cinco de Mayo;
20 days until Mother's Day;
32 days until the start of Ramadan;
35 days until Memorial Day;
41 days until Pentecost;
51 days until Flag Day;
58 days until the Summer Solstice;
62 days until the end of Ramadan;
62 days until Father's Day;
71 days until Independence Day (July 4);
133 days until Labor Day;
561 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,367 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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New York Times photo

On this day in 1800, President John Adams signed an act of Congress providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. Part of the legislation appropriated $5,000 to establish the Library of Congress "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress ..., and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them...." Books were ordered from London and the collection, consisting of 740 books and three maps, was housed in the new Capitol.

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Also on this day in 1792, the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

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Among other things, today is also World Day for Laboratory Animals.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man arrested after stealing neighbor's underwear.

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Some persons born on April 24 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 50,543 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"All you really need in life is some fresh water, a good hat, and a really good pair of shoes."
-Shirley MacLaine

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Wikipedia beats fake news every day, so why can't Facebook?

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Or, for that matter, Google... Why you can't always trust Google's top featured answers. Google determines those snippets using technology similar to its Knowledge Graph database, but also doesn't limit itself to verified sources the way Knowledge Graph does. That means Google's featured answers can be pulled in from almost any top search result, even if it's a third-party website. So how do they get to be at the top? Part of it is popularity, but that's not all. Google places priority on links that directly answer common questions, links that answer those questions in fewer words than others, and it likes links that offer the information in a list format. It doesn't matter if the information is accurate or not. For example, if you asked Google "why fire trucks were red" in the past, you'd get a quote from Monty Python. Other past examples include Google listing Barack Obama as "King of America," or a snippet saying dinosaurs never existed.

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Trump's industry, real estate, poses hurdle to tax overhaul. "Trump said he knows where the loopholes are, but so far he hasn't proposed closing any of them. Maybe he will. But so far he hasn't made any of the hard decisions that would show he's willing to close the loopholes that benefit him in order to make the tax code more fair and efficient."

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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: A fun space opera that you've seen before.

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The smartphone is eventually going to die- this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next. Instead of smartphones, tablets, TVs, or anything else with a screen, all our computing is projected straight into our eyes as we type with our brains.

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New atmospheric phenomenon named Steve discovered by aurora watchers. "It turns out that Steve is actually remarkably common, but we hadn't noticed it before."

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Columbine, Lima Bean Respect Day, (Florida) man bites dog, lost city found in Kansas, O'Reilly: it's the bottom line, Archie Bunker as Skynet
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Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 6:58 AM EDT
Apr 20 2017

Today is Thursday, April 20, the 110th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 255 days remaining.

There are:
2 days until Earth Day;
8 days until Arbor Day;
15 days until Cinco de Mayo;
24 days until Mother's Day;
36 days until the start of Ramadan;
39 days until Memorial Day;
45 days until Pentecost;
55 days until Flag Day;
62 days until the Summer Solstice;
66 days until the end of Ramadan;
66 days until Father's Day;
75 days until Independence Day (July 4);
137 days until Labor Day;
565 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,371 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1999, two senior students at Columbine High School in Colorado, Eric David Harris and Dylan Bennet Klebold, killed 13 and injured 24 others in the Columbine High School massacre. The two then committed suicide in the library, where they had killed ten of their victims.

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Among other things, today is also Lima Bean Respect Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man bites dog. "I'm obviously not happy about it," said Jessica Wenner, the suspect's girlfriend and dog's owner.

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Some persons born on April 20 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 50,543 entries.)

Quote of the day:

"If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them."
-Pietro Aretino

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Lost city found: Etzanoa of the great Wichita Nation. Really. But the jokes came, anyway: "An archaeologist is claiming he's discovered an amazing lost city in Kansas. He didn't realize he'd just got drunk and watched the Wizard of Oz."-Conan O'Brien

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Trillions of plastic bits, swept up by current, are littering Arctic waters.Every year, about eight million tons of plastic gets into the ocean, and scientists estimate that there may be as much as 110 million tons of plastic trash in the ocean. Though the environmental effects of plastic pollution are not fully understood, plastic pollution has made its way into the food chain. Plastic debris in the ocean was thought to accumulate in big patches, mostly in subtropical gyres- big currents that converge in the middle of the ocean- but scientists estimate that only about one percent of plastic pollution is in these gyres and other surface waters in the open ocean.

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By antagonizing the U.S.’s neighbor to the south, Donald Trump has made the classic bully's error: He has underestimated his victim.

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Was ethical responsibility, or the loss of millions of dollars in advertising revenue and future business deals responsible for Bill O'Reilly's ouster at Fox? Guess.

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Just ten companies control just about everything you eat or drink.

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Prejudice AI? Machine learning can pick up society’s biases. Swell. Skynet with Archie Bunker's attitude...

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Have a good weekend. See you Monday.

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OK anniversary, National Garlic Day, 50,000!, Sol and The Doomsday Machine, training cars with GTA, saving the Republic
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Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 12:17 AM EDT
Apr 19 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 256 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until Earth Day;
9 days until Arbor Day;
16 days until Cinco de Mayo;
25 days until Mother's Day;
37 days until the start of Ramadan;
40 days until Memorial Day;
46 days until Pentecost;
56 days until Flag Day;
63 days until the Summer Solstice;
67 days until the end of Ramadan;
67 days until Father's Day;
76 days until Independence Day (July 4);
138 days until Labor Day;
566 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,372 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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Bob Daemmerich / AFP / Getty

On this day in 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring more than 680 others. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 other buildings within a 16-block radius, shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings, and destroyed or burned 86 cars, causing an estimated $652 million worth of damage. Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed. His accomplice, Terry Nichols, was sentenced to 161 life terms without parole.

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Among other things, today is also National Garlic Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man allegedly impersonates cop, pulls over real officer.

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Some persons born on April 19 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"If you're going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way."
-Jayne Mansfield

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50,000!

The KGB Quotations Database passed 50,000 quotes today. Guess it's time to start working on the mother of all quote books...

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April 19 is also the birthday of concert pianist and composer Sol Kaplan (1919-1990), perhaps best remembered today for his brilliant musical score to the original Star Trek series episode "The Doomsday Machine."

The most memorable sequence is Kirk's escape from the Constellation- the musical sequence is entitled, appropriately enough, "Kirk Does It Again". This is from the digitally remastered version, with updated cgi effects...

And here's the music, by itself...

The score was so iconic, pieces of it were extracted and used ("tracked") in at least nine other episodes of the series' second season.

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CNN reports "a well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and (Bill) O'Reilly have begun talking about an exit. Perhaps the most wicked observation came from Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, which observed "This week our military dropped the 'Mother of All Bombs' in Afghanistan. The bomb cost $16 million and reportedly took out 94 members of ISIS. Which doesn't sound that efficient, but remember Fox News spent $13 million just to get rid of five women."

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Engineers are using the video game Grand Theft Auto to teach its driverless cars. Conan O'Brien joked, "Two Google cars were arrested for beating up a hooker."

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If you've ever wanted to go on a bar crawl through Europe to visit all of Ernest Hemingway's favorite haunts, Google Earth has you covered. In a massive update, the virtual globe has introduced a feature called "Voyager." No longer will you be limited to only exploring places you've heard about, nor will you have to resort to randomly clicking on areas of the planet in hopes of finding a gem. Instead, "Voyager" presents you with dozens of curated journeys around the globe. Check out the new Google Earth here.

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How did the Trump administration lose an aircraft carrier? With the real threat of war on three different fronts, it's nice to know Trump and his minions have everything under control. Not.

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Given the above, is it a suprise that there's a good chance Donald Trump doesn't know who the leader of North Korea is?

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Saul Alinsky, community organizer and author of the landmark 1971 Rules for Radicals, said that "Humor is essential to a successful tactician, for the most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule." Indeed, can satire save the Republic?

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Having an ulcer is like being a contestant on a twisted game show called "What to Eat?"

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