Peace sign, National Sticky Bun Day, disappearing bees, reappearing wooly mammoths, curing death
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Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:58 AM EST
Feb 21 2017

Today is Tuesday, February 21, the 52nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 313 days remaining.

There are:
7 days until Mardi Gras;
8 days until Ash Wednesday;
18 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
24 days until St. Patrick's Day;
26 days until the arrival of Spring;
47 days until Palm Sunday;
48 days until First Day of Passover;
43 days until April Fools' Day;
52 days until Good Friday;
53 days until Easter Sunday;
55 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
56 days until Last Day of Passover;
60 days until Earth Day;
65 days until Arbor Day;
622 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,429 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1958, The CND symbol, aka peace symbol, commissioned by the Direct Action Committee in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom. The logo was not copyrighted and later became known in the wider world as a general-purpose peace symbol. The design was a combination of the letters "N" (two arms outstretched pointing down at 45 degrees) and "D" (one arm upraised above the head) of the flag semaphore alphabet, standing for nuclear disarmament.

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Among other things, today is also National Sticky Bun Day.

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Florida man to cops: Jumping out window 'worth a shot'.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 21 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"If freedom means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
-~George Orwell

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Those massive floods in California are caused by atmospheric rivers, narrow corridors of concentrated moisture suspended in the atmosphere, which can hold up to 15 times more water than the amount that flows through the Mississippi River. While atmospheric rivers are naturally occurring phenomena, climate change is expected to intensify the severe precipitation events caused by atmospheric rivers in the future, because of increased evaporation rates and greater atmospheric water-holding capacity.

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The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands —from California's Central Valley to the Midwest's corn belt and the Mississippi River valley.

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Lab-made wooly mammoth embryos are only two years away.

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World’s first rideable hoverbike looks cool as hell but will probably kill you.

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'California is a nation, not a state': A fringe movement wants a break from the U.S. Bolstered by the election of President Trump, the group, Yes California, is collecting the 585,407 signatures necessary to place a secessionist question on the 2018 ballot. Its goal is to have California become its own country, separate and apart from the United States.

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Is death something to be "cured"? Radical longevity may change the way we live—and not necessarily for the better.

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Just make it stop
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Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 1:02 AM EST
Feb 16 2017

Although I was only eight years old, I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. I remember the worried looks of my teachers; my grandparents watching the evening news with rising concern. And I remember the palpable relief when it was over.

Then there was Watergate. The break-in took place in June, 1972. The Senate hearings started in May of 1973, and from that point on it was like being hooked on a badly-written soap opera starring people you didn't like. Relief didn't come until the following August, when Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment. It didn't really end until September, when President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, an act that probably cost him the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter. But by eliminating the possibility of criminal action against the disgraced President, and the media circus that would have surrounded it, Ford's action truly ended "our long national nightmare."

The situation with Trump is worse. You're afraid to turn on the news in the morning in the event he's tweeted us into a nuclear confrontation somewhere. And this whole Michael Flynn business would be funny if it didn't underscore the monumental stupidity of Trump and his minions. You're the National Security Advisor, and you didn't stop to think your intelligence agencies might be monitoring the phones of the Russians you're calling? There are recordings, transcripts. No wonder some agencies are withholding information from Trump. And while our attention is distracted by this flaming gasbag's antics, the Republicans in Congress have gone full-tilt bozo, passing laws defunding vital services, removing restrictions prohibiting the mentally ill from buying firearms, revoking environmental protections... I remember in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis my grandfather turning to my grandmother and soberly announcing, "This shit has to stop."

Indeed. I think it's a foregone conclusion that Trump is going to be benched at some point, either by impeachment or a masterly invocation of the 25th Amendment that Constitutional scholars will debate for decades.

Whatever. Just do it as quickly as you can. Mike Pence is ideologically scarier the Trump, but at least shares the same reality as most of the world.

Seth Meyers sums up yesterday's chaos:

Monday's Predident's Day, so we'll see you next Tuesday.


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The Illuminati Intervention Theory
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Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 4:54 AM EST
Feb 15 2017

According to Wikipedia: "Fake it 'til you make it" (also called "act as if") is a common catchphrase. The purpose is to avoid getting caught in a self-fulfilling prophecy related to one's fear of not being confident.

It's ok to employ this strategy if you're selling cars or life insurance. You can't get away with it, though, when your lack of knowledge can start a war, negatively affect global financial markets, or becomes blatantly obvious to even the casual observer.

This is the current state of the Trump administration. What's disturbing is that it appears Trump hasn't caught on that we've caught on to him. Given his assortment of character and personality defects, it's unlikely he ever will, or at least admit it.

Some of my conspiracy-minded friends have told me not to worry. According to them, the Illuminati were alarmed by Trump's election, the dystopian "Being There" nature of his performance in office so far, and will take him down before he can damage the Republic beyond repair. The quick demise of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is just the opening move in a series of complex maneuvers that will "have Trump and his brainless minions" out of office before the end of the year, sooner if they do anything incredibly stupid.

This is the only time I have ever wished that a crackpot theory was true. It's oddly comforting to imagine a collection of robed figures seated at a boardroom table, intently watching CNN.

The screen fades to black. The figure spins in his chair to face the others.

"I believe it is time to activate The Bigly Initiative. Are there any objections?"

Silence.

The figure slides a panel on the table, and a metal box pops into view. A key is inserted, turned. The lighting in the room shifts to red, and multiple flat screen displays around the chamber flicker into life.

The screens flash a montage of imagies- copies of test scores, tax returns, grainy videos...

Trump Dump initiated... New York Times (delivered); Washington Post (delivered); CNN (delivered)...

Sigh. If only.

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Couldn't get a standard format Report out today. We'll give it a shot again tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy this:


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Valentine's Day, telephones, Frederick Douglass, Florida butt shot, supernova
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Published Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 9:57 AM EST
Feb 14 2017

Today is Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14, the 45th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 320 days remaining.

There are:
6 days until Presidents' Day;
14 days until Mardi Gras;
15 days until Ash Wednesday;
26 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
31 days until St. Patrick's Day;
34 days until the arrival of Spring;
54 days until Palm Sunday;
55 days until First Day of Passover;
50 days until April Fools' Day;
59 days until Good Friday;
60 days until Easter Sunday;
62 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
63 days until Last Day of Passover;
67 days until Earth Day;
72 days until Arbor Day;
629 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,436 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray each independently applied for a patent for the telephone. Bell was the first to be awarded a patent #174,465 for the electric telephone by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in March 1876. The Bell patents were forensically victorious and commercially decisive. That first patent by Bell was the "master patent" of the telephone, from which other patents for electric telephone devices and features flowed.

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Among other things, today is also Frederick Douglass Day. You know, the guy mentioned by Trump... "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice," Trump said.

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Florida man accused of shooting wife in the buttocks for refusing sex.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 14 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Every person should have their escape route planned."
-Simon Pegg

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The Missing Apex of Maslow's Hierarchy could save us all. But judging from that dull stare and lip drool, you don't look self-actualized.

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Flynn sets record with only 24 days as national security adviser. The average tenure is about 2.6 years.

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Playboy magazine is "taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are" by by announcing the return of photographs of nude women, beginning in the next issue. Now maybe this will lift the curse God placed on our country when Playboy pulled the plug on naked ladies last year.

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According to a study published in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews and highlighted by New Scientist, your dog knows when you're being an asshole, and it uses that information to decide how it should interact withother humans. So, yes, your dog is judging you, too.

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If you can't beat the machine, better to become one. Elon Musk says humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age. Someone better bring him up to speed about the Borg.

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Astronomers catch a supernova just as its big boom begins. he explosion was first identified just three hours after it occurred, and the first spectrum was taken within six hours of the initial event. Check out the link for a fascinating photo.

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Peanuts, eagles, alligators, Kate McKinnon, Popeye's rice and beans with flesh eating New World Screwworms
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Published Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 12:58 AM EST
Feb 13 2017

Today is Monday, February 13, the 44th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 321 days remaining.

There is:
1 day until Valentine's Day;
7 days until Presidents' Day;
15 days until Mardi Gras;
16 days until Ash Wednesday;
27 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
32 days until St. Patrick's Day;
35 days until the arrival of Spring;
55 days until Palm Sunday;
56 days until First Day of Passover;
51 days until April Fools' Day;
60 days until Good Friday;
61 days until Easter Sunday;
63 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
64 days until Last Day of Passover;
68 days until Earth Day;
73 days until Arbor Day;
630 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,437 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 2000, Charles Schulz's final "Peanuts" comic strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died at age 77.

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Among other things, today is also Clean Out Your Computer Day. Yeah. just the project you want to tackle on a Monday morning.

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Florida man saves bald eagle from jaws of alligator.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 13 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Ecstasy cannot be constant, or it would kill."
-Eleanor Farjeon

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Saturday Night Live had Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump, but the show was stolen, as it often is, by the remarkable Kate McKinnon. She offered spot-on impersonations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senator Elizabeth Warren, but blew the doors off the place with her Kellyanne Conway in a superb parody of Fatal Attraction, with Conway going unhinged when she's shunned by newsman Jake Tapper. The segment drew criticism for its portrayal of Conway as a crazed, sex-starved woman driven insane by rejection. But Trump's administration offends daily, and more outrageously. And unlike the President's cobbled together executive orders, the sketch- shot on film, not video, and expertly lit and blocked- was the result of a lot of work.

Here's the scene from Fatal Attraction as well as the SNL bit. Rather rough language in the first. For the second, put down your coffee cap or you'll be spraying your monitor all morning.

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Verizon is launching an 'unlimited' data plan for the first time in more than 5 years. Verizon's plan is more expensive than T-Mobile's, less expensive than AT&T's, and if your read the small print you'll understand why they're calling it 'unlimited' instead of unlimited.

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Hackers have discovered a way to install emulation software on the NES Classic Edition that allows it to play Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Super Nintendo games. The last video game I played was on an Atari 2600 in the '80s.

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The FDA has approved the drug deflazacort for use in the United States. An old European steroid treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the 15,000 American who suffer from the disase can import it from abroad for about $1,200 a month, or $14,400/year. The list price here in the US? $89,000/year; After rebates and discounts, the net price will be $54,000/year.

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A woman in San Antonio, Texas is suing the Popeye's restaurant chain, claiming they served her flesh eating New World Screwworms in her rice and beans. The story has a link to the full lawsuit.

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We may not publish tomorrow. I'm knee-deep in the hoopla of delivering a new automated publishing system, and something always come up..

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