Today is Monday, April 10, the 100th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 265 days remaining.
Passover begins this evening and ends Tuesday evening, April 18.
KGB Report's on spring break for the remainder of the week. See you next Monday.
4 days until Good Friday;
6 days until Easter Sunday;
7 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
8 days until Last Day of Passover;
12 days until Earth Day;
19 days until Arbor Day;
25 days until Cinco de Mayo;
34 days until Mother's Day;
47 days until the start of Ramadan;
49 days until Memorial Day;
55 days until Pentecost;
65 days until Flag Day;
69 days until Father's Day;
72 days until the Summer Solstice;
85 days until Independence Day (July 4);
575 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,381 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is impeached.
On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles. He filed suit for the band's formal dissolution on December 31, 1970. More legal disputes followed as McCartney's attorneys, his in-laws John and Lee Eastman, fought Lennon's, Harrison's, and Starr's business manager, Allen Klein, over royalties and creative control. An English court legally dissolved the Beatles on January 9, 1975, though sporadic lawsuits against their record company EMI, Klein, and each other persisted until 1989.
Among other things, today is also National Siblings Day honoring the relationships of siblings. Unlike Mother's Day and Father's Day, it is not federally recognized, though the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this. Since 1998, the governors of 49 states have officially issued proclamations to recognize Siblings Day in their state.
Some persons born on April 10 who said interesting things:
- George Arliss (1868-1946), English actor, author, playwright and filmmaker;
- William Booth (1829-1912), British Methodist preacher, founder of The Salvation Army;
- Stuart Dybek (1942), American fiction and poetry writer;
- John M. Ford (1957-2006), American science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet;
- Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), Dutch jurist;
- David Halberstam (1934-2007), American journalist and historian;
- William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English writer, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher;
- Dolores Huerta (1930), American labor leader and civil rights activist;
- Anne Lamott (1954), American author and political activist;
- Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), American author, politician, U.S. Ambassador and public conservative figure;
- John Madden (1936), former American football coach and NFL broadcaster;
- Richard Peck (1934), American novelist;
- Frances Perkins (1880-1965), American sociologist, workers-rights advocate, U.S. Secretary of Labor;
- Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), Hungarian-American newspaper publisher;
- George William Russell (1867-1935), Irish writer;
- Omar Sharif (1932-2015), Egyptian actor;
- Paul Sweezy (1910-2004), Marxian economist, political activist, publisher, founding editor of Monthly Review;
- Paul Theroux (1941), American travel writer and novelist;
- Lew Wallace (1827-1905), American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author of Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ;
Quote of the day:
"No good deed goes unpunished."
-Clare Booth Luce
Fortunately not falling from the sky will be a big asteroid that will sweep past Earth on April 19, 2017. It'll come so close- and it's known so far in advance- that scientists will be able to study the space rock using both radar and optical observations. The flyby should also be visible in amateur telescopes.
Octopuses and squids can rewrite their RNA. Is that why they're so smart? "Of all the branches of life you have two that have real behavioral complexity. There are vertebrates, such as birds and mammals, and there are cephalopods. And that's it." (It's been more than 500 million years since the last common ancestor of humans and octopuses.)
Dallas officials blame computer hacking for setting off emergency sirens throughout the city early Saturday. Rocky Vaz, director of Dallas' Office of Emergency Management, said that all 156 of the city's sirens were activated more than a dozen times. Officials don't know who was responsible for the hacking, but Vaz said "with a good deal of confidence that this was someone outside our system" and in the Dallas area. Which begs the question- why would you design a system that communicates in such a way that it can be hacked? You'd think public safety infrastructure would be "air-gapped"- isolated from access via the Internet or similar means.
Ford has designed a crib that simulates a car ride, helpful in keeping a baby quiet, and keeping sleep-deprived adults off the highways.
Google says its custom machine learning chips are often 15 to 30 times faster than standard GPUs and CPUs. Google calls them "Tensor Processing Units." How about SkyNet?
It's one thing to find a bug in your pre-packaged salad. But a bat?
Infection with a retrovirus, a common but otherwise harmless virus, can trigger the immune system response to gluten that leads to celiac disease, according to new research from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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