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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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Pizza, bagels, Doritos, full moon, lunar eclipse, Jesus told me to steal $7 billion
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Published Thursday, February 09, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 09 2017

Today is Thursday, February 9, the 40th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 325 days remaining.

There are:
5 days until Valentine's Day;
11 days until Presidents' Day;
19 days until Mardi Gras;
20 days until Ash Wednesday;
31 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
36 days until St. Patrick's Day;
39 days until the arrival of Spring;
59 days until Palm Sunday;
61 days until First Day of Passover;
55 days until April Fools' Day;
64 days until Good Friday;
65 days until Easter Sunday;
67 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
68 days until Last Day of Passover;
72 days until Earth Day;
77 days until Arbor Day;
634 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,441 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1964, over 73 million Americans, or roughly 40% of the population of the entire country, gathered around television sets to watch the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Among other things, today is also National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day. Celebrate both- have a pizza bagel!

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Florida man caught trying to steal $7 billion, blames Jesus.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 9 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"It is the duty of a patriot to protect his country from its government."
-Thomas Paine

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A full moon, lunar eclipse, and comet all in one night. Here's how to watch it Friday.

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Archaeologists may have discovered another Dead Sea Scrolls cave. A team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Liberty University in Virginia have discovered what they believe to be a 12th cave on the cliffs west of Qumran. In addition to Biblical text, the scrolls contain hymns, prayers, commentaries, and mystical formulas. They're so valuable that a fragment of an original scroll the size of a fingernail can cost up to $1 million.

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There are 26 ingredients in Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips. If you really want to know...

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President Trump has begun reaching out to veterans of earlier White Houses for advice, as he seeks to bring more order and stability to a chaotic internal power structure that relies on competing and sometimes conflicting centers of gravity.

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Wrong-way Trump... FBI reports show far more terror suspects coming from Canada. "We are looking the wrong direction," said a senior DHS official familiar with the data. "Not to say that Mexico isn’t a problem, but the real bad guys aren’t coming from there—at least not yet."

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It's not foreigners who are plotting here: what the data really shows... more than 76 percent of individuals arrested by the FBI over the past two years for terrorism-related offenses were U.S. citizens as a result of having been born in the United States.

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Have a project commitment due tomorrow. See you Monday. Have a great weekend!

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The Bible, Propose Day, Florida court sex, zit light, human mating season, magic mushrooms, Pet Sounds
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Published Wednesday, February 08, 2017 @ 12:44 AM EST
Feb 08 2017

Today is Wednesday, February 8, the 39th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 326 days remaining.

There are:
6 days until Valentine's Day;
12 days until Presidents' Day;
20 days until Mardi Gras;
21 days until Ash Wednesday;
32 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
37 days until St. Patrick's Day;
40 days until the arrival of Spring;
60 days until Palm Sunday;
62 days until First Day of Passover;
56 days until April Fools' Day;
65 days until Good Friday;
66 days until Easter Sunday;
68 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
69 days until Last Day of Passover;
73 days until Earth Day;
78 days until Arbor Day;
635 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,442 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1946, The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version, was published.

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Among other things, today is also Propose Day. Propose Day is the second day in the Valentine week starting from February 7-14. In India, Propose Day is celebrated on February 8 every year. On this day large numbers of youngsters give roses to their girlfriends, boyfriends, relatives and friends.

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Authorities in Florida were searching for a woman after she allegedly performed a sex act on a man at a courthouse and posted it to social media.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 8 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy."
-John Grisham

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The Sun is spinning too slowly because of the water sprinkler effect. Really.

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Want teenagers to behave? Highlight their zits.

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The most common birthday is September 16. Why? Because humans actually have a mating season. Sort of.

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One dose of psilocybin from magic mushrooms relieves depression in 80% of cancer patients.

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Showtime has announced it's picked up a new documentary chronicling the making of Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys classic that helped transform pop music when it was released 50 years ago. The film, titled Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds, will feature interviews with surviving band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, as well as archival footage from the album's recording sessions. It's set to air in April.

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No, the White House is not freezing anti-Trump petitions. An Obama official familiar with the site says he thinks the numbers displayed aren't ratcheting upward is because the software register that tracks entries is having trouble keeping up with the volume. And don't worry about the warning message your browser is showing claiming the White House site isn't secure. It appears the White House's equipment isn't configured correctly, and the old certificate was revoked or allowed to expire without getting replaced, said Kenneth White of the Open Crypto Audit project, a nonprofit dedicated to improving cybersecurity. There are perhaps hundreds of pieces of equipment and servers that need to be just right to keep the White House site up and running correctly, so it's easy to miss something, he said. I want to dissuade any notion of this being cloak and dagger, or there being any sort of malicious intent," White said. "This is almost certainly an innocent mistake." Full story here.

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Beatles invade, 'e' Day, Trump heroin, harmful licorice, flying cars, the universe is a hologram
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Published Tuesday, February 07, 2017 @ 12:01 AM EST
Feb 07 2017

Today is Tuesday, February 7, the 38th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 327 days remaining.

There are:
7 days until Valentine's Day;
13 days until Presidents' Day;
21 days until Mardi Gras;
22 days until Ash Wednesday;
33 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
38 days until St. Patrick's Day;
41 days until the arrival of Spring;
61 days until Palm Sunday;
63 days until First Day of Passover;
57 days until April Fools' Day;
66 days until Good Friday;
67 days until Easter Sunday;
69 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
70 days until Last Day of Passover;
74 days until Earth Day;
79 days until Arbor Day;
636 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,443 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1964, The Beatles arrived in New York City. Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular television variety show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over the screams of teenage girls in the studio audience, an estimated 73 million U.S. television viewers, or about 40 percent of the U.S. population, tuned in to watch.

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Among other things, today is also "e" Day. The number e is a famous irrational number, and is one of the most important numbers in mathematics. It is often called Euler's number after Leonhard Euler (pronounced "oiler") and is the base of the natural logarithms invented by John Napier.

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Florida Attorney General is not amused by Trump-branded heroin.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 7 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps."
-Emo Philips

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Health scare of the day: Here's why pregnant women should avoid eating licorice.

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Uber hires veteran NASA engineer to develop flying cars. Drat. Still no personal jet packs.

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If you thought Lady Gaga’s halftime show was apolitical, consider the origin of ‘This Land is Your Land’. The original Woody Guthrie version of the song included a line about a "big high wall there that tried to stop me."

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Scientists find first observed evidence that our universe may be a hologram. "Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field. The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the entire universe is encoded." And here we are without our 3-D glasses.

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Here are the cheapest smartphone plans in the United States. It's a good idea to check with friends using the carriers mentioned to check on the quality of local service. A cheap phone isn't of much use if it can't get a signal.

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You can cook almost any grain like popcorn. And who wouldn't love some hot buttered popped millet?

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QEII, frozen yogurt, post-it notes, great obit, Illuminati and the avocado
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Published Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 12:07 AM EST
Feb 06 2017

Today is Monday, February 6, the 37th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 328 days remaining.

There are:
8 days until Valentine's Day;
14 days until Presidents' Day;
22 days until Mardi Gras;
23 days until Ash Wednesday;
34 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
39 days until St. Patrick's Day;
42 days until the arrival of Spring;
62 days until Palm Sunday;
64 days until First Day of Passover;
58 days until April Fools' Day;
67 days until Good Friday;
68 days until Easter Sunday;
70 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
71 days until Last Day of Passover;
75 days until Earth Day;
80 days until Arbor Day;
637 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,444 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1952, Elizabeth II became queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.

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Among other things, today is also National Frozen Yogurt Day.

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Florida man who faked death, mad cow disease, blackmailing by 'rogue CIA agent,' headed to prison. And probably a book/tv movie deal.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 6 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not."
-Michael Pollan

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Today is also the birthday of Spencer Ferguson Silver (b. February 6, 1941), an American chemist who, together with Arthur Fry, invented Post-It notes in 1970. Silver still works at 3M, specializing in adhesives technology.

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Obituary of the day. In case it gets taken down:
MADISON - Nicholas Bennett Weerts, age 37, our genuine, funny, warm, kind friend, son, grandson, brother, cousin and nephew, departed this world unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. He died from complications surrounding not being breast-fed long enough. Nick's favorite things were the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, pay phones, movies, obscure and repetitive movie references, big sandwiches, hating the Chicago Cubs and hating the Chicago Cubs. A celebration of life will be held at the GOODMAN COMMUNITY CENTER, 149 Waubesa St., Madison, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

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Feeling left out because none of President Trump's executive orders have targeted you or addressed a problem you feel is important? Create your own Trump-signed executive order with this online generator.

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People actually think the Illuminati is behind this avocado commercial.

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'Brute force' may combat drug-resistant superbugs. "Antibiotics have 'keys' that fit 'locks' on bacterial cell surfaces, allowing them to latch on. When a bacterium becomes resistant to a drug, it effectively changes the locks so the key won't fit any more. Incredibly, we found that certain antibiotics can still 'force' the lock, allowing them to bind to and kill resistant bacteria because they are able to push hard enough. In fact, some of them were so strong they tore the door off its hinges, killing the bacteria instantly!."

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Believe it or not, the next class of jobs that will be lost to computers and automation may be pornography.

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Groundhog Day, Play Your Ukulele Day, uppity Florida cat, Eva Cassidy
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Published Thursday, February 02, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 02 2017

Today is Thursday, February 2, the 33rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 332 days remaining.

There are:
12 days until Valentine's Day;
18 days until Presidents' Day;
26 days until Mardi Gras;
27 days until Ash Wednesday;
38 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
43 days until St. Patrick's Day;
46 days until the arrival of Spring;
66 days until Palm Sunday;
68 days until First Day of Passover;
62 days until April Fools' Day;
71 days until Good Friday;
72 days until Easter Sunday;
74 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
75 days until Last Day of Passover;
79 days until Earth Day;
84 days until Arbor Day;
641 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,448 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this day in 1887, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania held its first Groundhog Day festival. It was the brainchild of local newspaper editor Clymer Freas, who sold a group of businessmen and groundhog hunters— known collectively as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club— on the idea. The men trekked to a site called Gobbler's Knob, where the inaugural groundhog became the bearer of bad news when he saw his shadow. (from history.com)

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Among other things, today is also Play Your Ukulele Day. But wait until Phil's back in his hole, ok?

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Florida man shot cat 'because it looked at him like he owned the place.'

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 2 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"I think that some public figures are more fair game than others. It's gloves off on politicians and people whose public image is perfection, like the televangelists... people who claim to be spiritual or moral leaders. They are the whited sepulchers waiting for our graffiti."
-Liz Smith

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Happy birthday, Eva Cassidy.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Here's why 'Groundhog Day' is the greatest movie ever made.

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Sorry. Couldn't resist.

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Another long weekend working on software. See you Monday...

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David Letterman, G.I. Joe, naked Florida minister, Rapture Index, fake bacon crisis, iPhone 8: meh.
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Published Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 4:14 AM EST
Feb 01 2017

Today is Wednesday, February 1, the 32nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 333 days remaining.

There is:
1 day until Groundhog Day;
13 days until Valentine's Day;
19 days until Presidents' Day;
27 days until Mardi Gras;
28 days until Ash Wednesday;
39 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
44 days until St. Patrick's Day;
47 days until the arrival of Spring;
67 days until Palm Sunday;
69 days until First Day of Passover;
63 days until April Fools' Day;
72 days until Good Friday;
73 days until Easter Sunday;
75 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
76 days until Last Day of Passover;
80 days until Earth Day;
85 days until Arbor Day;
642 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,449 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this day in 1982, Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC:

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Among other things, today is also G.I. Joe Day. The toy was introduced by Hasbro in February, 1964.

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Florida man caught with man's wife, flees naked. And the nude runner turns out to be "a prominent Florida pastor". Well, he is now...

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The KGB Quotations Database contains46,669 quotations.

Some persons born on February 1 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"I guess I'm just an old mad scientist at bottom. Give me an underground laboratory, half a dozen atom-smashers, and a beautiful girl in diaphanous veil waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee, and I care not who writes the nation's laws."
-S.J. Perelman

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If the Doomsday Clock isn't bad enough, there's also The Rapture Index.

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Panic! U.S. bacon reserves have hit a 50-year low.

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Don't panic! It's fake news.

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The new iPhone 8 is less than revolutionary.

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"The Presidency is supposed to age the President, not the public..." Jon Stewart reads Trump's next batch of executive orders:

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"Toffee-tastic is a bleak, flavorless, gluten-free wasteland." New Jersey Girl Scout cashes in on honest cookie reviews.

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The future of NOAA, the world's largest repository of climate data, is now in the hands of a climate-change denier.

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Remember that article last month about the ultra-rich buying property in New Zealand and taking other steps in order to survive catatrosphic events? Is it a smart undertaking or a dumb hobby?

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As you see, KGB Report is now a daily effort, and I'd appreciate it if you can share us with your friends and, perhaps, click on the link below and become a patron, or send a donation to me here in the KGB Kave at 1512 Annette Avenue, South Park, PA 15129. Aside from some consulting work, KGB Report, other writing efforts and partial Social Security retirement benefits are looking more and more like my main source of income. So if you like us, chip in a buck or ten every month to keep us on the air. Becoming a patron will also get you free copies of any books we publish on Amazon or Kindle in the coming year. Thanks for your support!

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Scotch tape and hot chocolate, SpongeBob felony, Judy Garland switches coasts, fixing tomatoes
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Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 @ 2:31 AM EST
Jan 31 2017

Today is Tuesday, January 31, the 31st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 334 days remaining.

There are:
2 days until Groundhog Day;
14 days until Valentine's Day;
20 days until Presidents' Day;
28 days until Mardi Gras;
29 days until Ash Wednesday;
40 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
45 days until St. Patrick's Day;
48 days until the arrival of Spring;
68 days until Palm Sunday;
70 days until First Day of Passover;
64 days until April Fools' Day;
73 days until Good Friday;
74 days until Easter Sunday;
76 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
77 days until Last Day of Passover;
81 days until Earth Day;
86 days until Arbor Day;
643 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,450 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this day in 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch brand cellulose tape. Today is also Scotch Tape Day.

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Not only is it Scotch Tape Day, today is also National Hot Chocolate Day. The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Aztecs around 2,000 years ago, and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD.

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Florida man in SpongeBob outfit breaks into home, stands over sleeping woman.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains at least 45,732 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 31 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time."
-Jackie Robinson

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A petition by UK citizens calling for Donald Trump's state visit to be canceled has already gathered more than 1.5 million signatures, making plans "very difficult" for Queen Elizabeth.

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Judy Garland's remains were moved from New York to Los Angeles. Why is this "exclusive" news?

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Kroger pharmacies begin offering naloxone without prescription in West Virginia. West Virginia had the highest rate of deaths due to drug overdose in the United States at 41.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2015, more than double the national average.

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Well, this should be obvious... You shouldn’t feed poison to babies, even if it’s in a homeopathic teething tablet. The nasty thing is it's homeopathic, so it shouldn't do anything at all...

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Hey kid, the feeling's mutual: Kids like their pets more than their family, study finds.

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Walmart fights back: launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more.

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Science ruined tomatoes. Now it's trying to fix them.

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This prehistoric human ancestor was all mouth. Yeah, I was expecting a politician, too.

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Remember what happened to the music, newspaper, and magazine businesses? It's happening to motion pictures.

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Didn't address the software problem today. Bigger issue- had to have the garbage disposal replaced. Hardware takes precedence over software.

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Bye bye Beatles, virtual bubble wrap, time crystals, washable smartphones, UFOs in Illinois
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Published Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 2:59 AM EST
Jan 30 2017

Today is Monday, January 30, the 30th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 335 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until Groundhog Day;
15 days until Valentine's Day;
21 days until Presidents' Day;
29 days until Mardi Gras;
30 days until Ash Wednesday;
41 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
46 days until St. Patrick's Day;
49 days until the arrival of Spring;
69 days until Palm Sunday;
71 days until First Day of Passover;
65 days until April Fools' Day;
74 days until Good Friday;
75 days until Easter Sunday;
77 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
78 days until Last Day of Passover;
82 days until Earth Day;
87 days until Arbor Day;
644 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,451 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1969, the Beatles performed in public for the last time in a 45-minute gig on the roof of their Apple Records headquarters in London.

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Among other things, today is also Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Click here for virtual bubble wrap!

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Underwear-clad Florida man runs through hotel pulling fire alarm.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains at least 45,600 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 30 who said interesting things:

 

 

Quote of the day:

"Strong prejudices in an ill-formed mind are hazardous to government, and when combined with a position of power even more so."
-Barbara Tuchman

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Watch planets orbit a star 129 light-years away.

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Scientists have confirmed a brand new form of matter: time crystals. Better hold on to your flux capacitor, though...

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For your OCD friends... Kyocera has a smartphone that can be washed with soap and water.

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In 2016, the most UFO sightings, over 150, were in Illinois. And they're apparently hanging around this year. The last sighting was January 18 in Chicago.

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Credit Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk for the use of "snowflake" as an insult.

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The former KGB general who helped a former MI6 spy compile the Donald Trump "dirty dossier" was found dead in the back of his car in Russia. Pure coincidence, undoubtedly.

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On the internet, you can find all kinds of fix-it sites. And then there's this one.

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Yeah, those kids in the 90s were really kind of dicks.

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Who's to blame for the backlash over Trump's anti-Muslim immigration policy? Why Obama, of course.

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We're still limping along with software problems, but at least we're up and running.

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Lucy beats Ike, Brew a Potion Day, Trump disrupts world, deadly horses, holy shoe
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Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 6:08 AM EST
Jan 19 2017

Today is Thursday, January 19, the 19th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 346 days remaining.

There is:
One day until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
14 days until Groundhog Day;
26 days until Valentine's Day;
32 days until Presidents' Day;
40 days until Mardi Gras;
41 days until Ash Wednesday;
52 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
57 days until St. Patrick's Day;
60 days until the arrival of Spring;
80 days until Palm Sunday;
82 days until First Day of Passover;
76 days until April Fools' Day;
85 days until Good Friday;
87 days until Easter Sunday;
88 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
89 days until Last Day of Passover;
93 days until Earth Day;
99 days until Arbor Day; and
655 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1953, Almost 72% of all television sets in the United States were tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth, about 44 million people. The equivalent number today would be 88 million. It received higher ratings than the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which received 29 million viewers, the day afterward.

Video: Lucy Goes to the Hospital.

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Among other things, today is also Brew a Potion Day. You know what to do.

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Florida man charged with making online threat against Trump.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains at least 45,454 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 19 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving, however long it takes, that life isn't all it's cracked up to be."
-Julian Barnes

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Well, at least we're not alone. Most primate species are threatened with extinction. Three-quarters of primate species are in decline, the researchers found, and about 60 percent are now threatened with extinction. From gorillas to gibbons, primates are in significantly worse shape now than in recent decades because of the devastation from agriculture, hunting and mining.

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More cheerful news: The drug-resistant superbug known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, may be spreading more widely than previously thought. The nasty little critters appear to be spreading from person to person without causing any disease symptoms.

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Just to be clear, Mel Brooks didn't try to pants President Obama. "No, no. I have some measure of intelligence and taste, you know."

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Donald Trump is disrupting the world, and he isn't even President yet.

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Norman Lear on why people fall for fake news... "We're more likely to pay attention to the final source of an article — the person who calls it to our attention — than to the original source. With sites like Facebook feeding us self-selected and self-reinforcing media, we begin to have a real problem."

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Headline of the day: 'Aids-curing' pastor claims he removed woman's 'vaginal warts' with the power of his holy shoe.

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Challenging stereotypes, an Australian doctor notes that Horses killed more people in Australia in recent years than all venomous animals combined. Yeah, but at least they don't hide in your shoes.

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Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee for head of the EPA and current Attorney General of Oklahoma, stayed quiet as his state developed the worst human-made-earthquake problem in the country. The state as a whole was slow to deal with the problem, and, for many years, it did not admit the quakes had a human origin. After that, it neglected to rapidly slow the rate of wastewater injection. This has allowed medium-scale earthquakes to continue: In November, a 5.0-magnitude quake damaged the structures of downtown Cushing, Oklahoma. Before 2009, Oklahoma had one or two earthquakes per year. Now it has two a day.

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One of those questions you never thought you'd be asking: If the US president started a fistfight, what would the Secret Service do?

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Few of the great existentialists had children.

How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

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We're off tomorrow to do some office maintenance. Have a great weekend, see you on Monday...

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Legionella, Thesaurus Day, stopped in the name of Florida love, crash an iPhone with a text, coffee's good for you
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Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 6:09 AM EST
Jan 18 2017

Today is Wednesday, January 18, the 18th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 347 days remaining.

There is:
One day until the time travelers arrive en masse to attempt to prevent what happens in
2 days, Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
15 days until Groundhog Day;
27 days until Valentine's Day;
33 days until Presidents' Day;
41 days until Mardi Gras;
42 days until Ash Wednesday;
53 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
58 days until St. Patrick's Day;
61 days until the arrival of Spring;
81 days until Palm Sunday;
83 days until First Day of Passover;
77 days until April Fools' Day;
86 days until Good Friday;
88 days until Easter Sunday;
89 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
90 days until Last Day of Passover;
94 days until Earth Day;
100 days until Arbor Day; and
656 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1977, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia announced they had identified a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious "Legionnaires' Disease" which had sickened over 200 and killed 29 persons who had attended the July, 1976 Pennsylvania American Legion convention at the Bellevue- Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Among other things, today is also Thesaurus Day, marking the birthday of Peter Mark Roget, the British physician, natural theologian, lexicographer, compulsive list-maker, and eccentric who first published Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition in 1852. Feel free to celebrate, honor, laud, praise, puff up, push, rave, recommend, root, salute, stroke, bless, endow, favor, give, glorify, grace, laud, magnify, praise, provide, commemorate, observe the occasion, admire, immortalize, keep, memorialize, monument, monumentalize, observe, pay tribute to, perpetuate, remember, salute, solemnize...

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Stop in the name of love: A Florida man asked sheriff deputies to help him propose to his girlfriend over the weekend, and they obliged with a fake traffic stop.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains at least 45,306 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 18 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"We're just three days away from Donald Trump's inauguration, and just two days away from all the time travelers coming back to stop him."
-Stephen Colbert

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The percentage of Americans saying it is the government's responsibility to provide health care to its citizens has increased from 51% last year and now stands at 60%, its highest point in nearly a decade. More than eight-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (85%) say the federal government should be responsible for health care coverage, compared with just 32% of Republicans and Republican leaners.

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Just eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity.

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Vladimir Putin: President-Elect Donald Trump is "a grown man, and secondly he's someone who has been involved with beauty contests for many years and has met the most beautiful women in the world. I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world." As Stephen Colbert asked, is that something about which you really want to brag? And Putin doesn't have to believe the allegations about Trump, he just has to look at the recording.

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The Atlantic has wonderful pieces almost every day, like The hermit who inadvertently shaped climate-change science.

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You can write a best-seller and still go broke. "My book is on the New York Times best-seller list right now and we do not have any money in our checking account."

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On Tuesday, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced that Colo, the world's first gorilla born in a zoo and the oldest known living gorilla in the country, had died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her 60th birthday.

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Why people keep comparing Donald Trump to P.T. Barnum. As early as 1989, a story in the New York Times included a reference to Barnum as "the Donald Trump of Bridgeport at one time," citing Barnum's adopted home town in Connecticut. In September 2015, Salon called him "the second coming of P.T. Barnum," and in January of last year, Samuel L. Jackson called Trump "more P.T. Barnum than politician." A Lexis search found 234 articles in which they are mentioned in the same breath.

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This text message can crash any iPhone. A white flag emoji, the digit "0" and a rainbow emoji confuse iOS 10 when it tries to combine them into a rainbow flag. Send those specific characters in a text message to an iPhone running iOS 10 and that phone will freeze. The hapless recipient doesn't even have to open or read the message- the phone freezes as soon as it receives the text.

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Go ahead, have another cup. Caffeine may counter age-related inflammation. The study also provides evidence that caffeine and its own metabolites may counter the action of circulating nucleic- acid metabolites, possibly explaining why coffee drinkers tend to live longer than abstainers.

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Northridge quake, Ben's birthday, young blood, TX mortality, chickens changed the world
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Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 8:31 AM EST
Jan 17 2017

Today is Tuesday, January 17, the 17th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 348 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
16 days until Groundhog Day;
28 days until Valentine's Day;
34 days until Presidents' Day;
42 days until Mardi Gras;
43 days until Ash Wednesday;
54 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
59 days until St. Patrick's Day;
62 days until the arrival of Spring;
82 days until Palm Sunday;
84 days until First Day of Passover;
78 days until April Fools' Day;
87 days until Good Friday;
89 days until Easter Sunday;
90 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
91 days until Last Day of Passover;
95 days until Earth Day;
101 days until Arbor Day; and
657 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1994, The Northridge earthquake struck at 4:30:55 a.m. PST and had its epicenter in Reseda, a neighborhood in the north-central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The death toll was 57, with more than 8,700 injured. In addition, property damage was estimated to be between $13 and $40 billion, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

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Florida man accused of squirting conditioner on women, pleasuring himself at Target.

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Some persons born on January 17 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"There's nothing like active employment, I suppose, to console the afflicted."
-Anne Bronte

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Want to get the ol' pep back in your step? A startup called Ambrosia will fill your veins with the blood of young people and empty your pockets of $8,000.

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What happens when you defund Planned Parenthood? Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world. From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate had leaped to 33 deaths per 100,000, and in 2014 it was 35.8. Between 2010 and 2014, more than 600 women died for reasons related to their pregnancies.

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You remove that dusty exterior of Mars, and you have this planet that is just so reminiscent of Earth. It's like finding a dusty Earth in your attic.

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Chickens changed the world. No, really.

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The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum has a lengthy and fascinating piece on the role of humor in the rise of Trump. Take a few minutes and read How Jokes Won The Election-How do you fight an enemy who's just kidding?

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"Nobody wants to buy them..." Frustrated scalpers losing big money trying to sell tickets to Trump inauguration. Well, duh.

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Forget about evil AI or Skynet... twisted inventor designs robot that plays bagpipes 24/7.

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Although extended support is available through January 13, 2020, Microsoft warns that Windows 7 in 2017 is so outdated that patches can't keep it secure.

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Another one of those "foods that can extend your life" stories: Consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, a large prospective study has found.

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Let's hope this doesn't catch on... Shark switches to asexual reproduction, gives male-less birth.

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US goes dry; National Fig Newton Day, combusting chicken manure, orca menopause, Cooper worked for Boeing?
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Published Monday, January 16, 2017 @ 12:02 AM EST
Jan 16 2017

Today is Monday, January 16, the 16th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 349 days remaining.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

There are:
4 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
17 days until Groundhog Day;
29 days until Valentine's Day;
35 days until Presidents' Day;
43 days until Mardi Gras;
44 days until Ash Wednesday;
55 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
60 days until St. Patrick's Day;
63 days until the arrival of Spring;
83 days until Palm Sunday;
85 days until First Day of Passover;
79 days until April Fools' Day;
88 days until Good Friday;
90 days until Easter Sunday;
91 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
92 days until Last Day of Passover;
96 days until Earth Day;
102 days until Arbor Day; and
658 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, authorizing Prohibition in the United States, which became effective one year later. Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933.

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Among other things, today is also National Fig Newton Day. Newtons are a Nabisco trademarked version of the fig roll, a pastry filled with fig paste. Their distinctive shape is a characteristic that has been adopted by many competitors including generic fig bars sold in many markets. They are produced by an extrusion process. The product was named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts.

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Florida man robs bank, posts spoils on Instagram, gets caught.

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Some persons born on January 16 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"Good and evil are not like the Redskins and the Cowboys."
-Maureen Dowd

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Headline of the week: Spontaneous combustion concerns lead to warnings over height of chicken manure piles.

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Turns out that animation is a universal language.

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Amazon seeks FCC approval to run mysterious wireless tests that could be related to drone delivery.

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Volkswagen is considering an all-electric, self-driving Microbus. And from Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, Ford is considering re-introducing the Bronco in 2020- just in time for O.J.'s parole.

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Only three mammals experience menopause: humans, short-finned pilot whales, and orcas. Scientists think they've figured out why orcas do. It turns out being a grandmother is a good thing.

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D.B. Cooper could have been a Boeing employee or a contractor who wore a tie to work. Rare earth elements found by electron microscope analysis suggest the long-missing skyjacker may have worked on Boeing's aborted SST and could have been among the thousands of workers displaced when the government pulled the plug on the project.

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How to make Amazon's Alexa and Google Home talk to each other in an endless loop in four easy steps.

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Moon Express- the California-based company with hopes of mining the Moon someday- has received full funding for its first trip to the lunar surface, slated for later this year. The company just raised $20 million in its most recent round of financing, and has raised over $45 million in total so far. That money will go toward launching Moon Express’s MX-1E lander, which will explore and take pictures of the Moon’s surface after launching on an experimental Electron rocket.

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There was an ice storm of sorts at the box office this weekend, with three major releases skidding into the ditches. Martin Scorsese's Silence, Ben Affleck's Live by Night, and Monster Trucks are DOA. Elsewhere, Hidden Figures will easily win the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $25 million-plus, while La La Land enjoys a big Golden Globes bump and Rogue One approaches $1 billion.

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Opera star Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats; social media comments prompt Jennifer Holliday to cancel; and it gets even worse.

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Motown arrives, kiss a ginger, Florida maid of "honor", 100K Amazon jobs, Chrome defect, Goldshower
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Published Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 12:15 PM EST
Jan 12 2017

Today is Thursday, January 12, the 12th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 353 days remaining.

There are:
4 days until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day;
8 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
21 days until Groundhog Day;
33 days until Valentine's Day;
39 days until Presidents' Day;
59 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
64 days until St. Patrick's Day;
67 days until the arrival of Spring;
79 days until April Fools' Day;
92 days until Good Friday;
94 days until Easter Sunday; and
662 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Motown as Tamla Records with an $800 loan from his family and royalties earned writing for Jackie Wilson. The company was incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has also become a nickname for Detroit. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success. In the 1960s, Motown and its subsidiary labels (including Tamla Motown, the brand used outside the US) were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as the Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. During the 1960s, Motown achieved spectacular success for a small record company: 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart between 1960 and 1969. Its first hit was Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" (1959), which made it to number 2 on the Billboard R&B charts (released nationally on Anna Records).

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Among other things, today is also International Kiss A Ginger Day. Kiss A Ginger Day was started in 2009 by Derek Forgie as a Facebook group intended as a “karmic counter-event” to the November 2008 creation of a Kick A Ginger campaign, also on Facebook. The latter resulted in numerous ginger kids being assaulted at school, stirring international outrage and condemnation. In response, Derek decided to dedicate January 12th to a much more peace-loving activity aimed towards gingers.

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Florida maid of honor arrested at wedding reception after getting drunk, nearly running over best man.

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Some persons born on January 12 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"A life can get knocked into a new orbit by a car crash, a lottery win or just a bleary-eyed consultant giving bad news in a calm voice."
-David Mitchell

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It's Jeff Bezos' birthday, but he seems to be giving out the presents... Amazon says it will create 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the US over the next 18 months.

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If you're like me, you rely on Google's Chrome browser auto-fill feature to complete forms online. Turns out there's a big problem with that.

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This was the opening to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last night. Comedy Central didn't publish the opening as a separate video, and the one below, uploaded to YouTube, is formatted the way it is so that it can't be easily identified by software as a copyrighted work.

The full Daily Show episode (including the opening) is here.

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Here's Digg's summary, so you don't need to go bouncing all over the web.

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While you were sleeping, GOP senators took the first step toward Obamacare repeal. Republican senators are now on record as having rejected opportunities to keep Medicare, Medicaid, and the children’s health program CHIP off the cutting-room floor; to make it possible to import prescription drugs from Canada; to prevent erosion of women’s health services and support for rural hospitals; and perhaps most tellingly, to protect Medicaid funding for the 32 states that accepted the option of expanding that program under the Affordable Care Act. The mess goes to the House on Friday.

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As the world looks on... Australian Business Review says Donald Trump media circus is damaging everyone.

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Baboons can make five human-like vowel sounds. That almost seems like enough to qualify them for political office.

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Tiny aluminium drum cooled beyond quantum limit proves we can make things even colder. Possibly down to absolute zero. This could make exotic things like large-scale quantum computers possible.

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Still late, but getting better. I'm improving... fortunately, most gastrointestinal bugs are self-limiting, which is good, considering my health insurance has lapsed. ACA keeps reminding me every day of the penalty I'll pay on my 2017 taxes if I don't have coverage... which equals about a half of one month's insurance premium. Not a strong hand from which to deal, fellas... and the Senate isn't helping you, either. I'm going to take tomorrow off and hope a full 24 hours in the sack will knock the rest of this out of me. Have a great weekend!

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TV in Pgh, National Milk Day, naked for sesame seeds, pet care concerns
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Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 11:09 AM EST
Jan 11 2017

Today is Wednesday, January 11, the 11th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 354 days remaining.

There are:
5 days until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day;
9 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
22 days until Groundhog Day;
34 days until Valentine's Day;
40 days until Presidents' Day;
60 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
65 days until St. Patrick's Day;
68 days until the arrival of Spring;
80 days until April Fools' Day;
93 days until Good Friday;
95 days until Easter Sunday; and
663 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1949, WDTV Channel 3 (later to become KDKA-TV Channel 2) began broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA. The station also represented a milestone in the television industry, providing the first "network" that included Pittsburgh and 13 other cities. DuMont's network of stations on coaxial cable stretched from Boston to St. Louis. These stations were linked together via AT&T's coaxial cable feed, with the sign-on of WDTV allowing the network to broadcast live programming to all the stations at the same time. Originally owned by and a part of the DuMont Television Network, the station shifted to Channel 2 in 1952 to avoid interference with stations in Ohio. In 1954 the struggling DuMont Network sold the station to Westinghouse Electric Corp. for $9.75 million, a then-record amount. Westinghouse changed its call letters from WDTV to KDKA-TV after the company's pioneering radio station KDKA AM (1020).

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Among other things, today is also National Milk Day, reportedly observing this date in 1878, when milk was delivered in bottles for the first time.

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Naked Florida man accused of home burglary just wanted sesame seeds for his burger.

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Some persons born on January 11 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture."
-Abraham Joshua Heschel

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There's a certain irony to the fact that Donald Trump, who relied constantly on unsubstantiated Internet "news" during his campaign, is calling leaked reports from intelligence efforts "fake news." Not expecting much from his news conference, just the usual denials and self-aggrandizement.

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Earth's moon may be the product of many small moonlets that merged after multiple objects as big as Mars collided with Earth, leaving disks of planetary debris orbiting the planet, a new study suggests. This idea that multiple impacts led to the moon's birth challenges the most prevalent theory of lunar formation, which suggests that one giant impact led to the formation of the moon.

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George Lucas has selected L.A. over San Francisco to be home to his $1 billion museum, with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art set to feature pieces from the filmmaker's personal collection, including memorabilia from Star Wars and other films, vintage photographs and an impressive selection of traditional paintings. The museum is eyeing a May 4, 2020, launch, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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A telling, tense exchange between Kellyanne Conway and Seth Meyers about Trump. Meyers has stepped into the role once played by Jon Stewart.

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I've had both positive and negative experiences with "corporate" pet care. The care has been good, but the treatment plans seem to require additional expensive tests and procedures my independent veterinarian includes in the original estimate. Bloomberg Businessweek looks at the high-cost, high-risk world of modern pet care.

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Still running late due to being under the weather... some improvement, hope to hit the morning release window tomorrow.

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Common Sense; Peculiar Peoples Day; don't say no to a Florida woman; regrowing teeth; Monday's near-miss
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Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 11:34 AM EST
Jan 10 2017

Today is Tuesday, January 10, the tenth day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 355 days remaining.

There are:
6 days until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day;
10 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
23 days until Groundhog Day;
35 days until Valentine's Day;
41 days until Presidents' Day;
61 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
66 days until St. Patrick's Day;
69 days until the arrival of Spring;
81 days until April Fools' Day;
94 days until Good Friday;
96 days until Easter Sunday; and
664 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this date in 1776, Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Common Sense, advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies. Written in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government. Published at the beginning of the American Revolution, it became an immediate sensation. It had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history. As of 2006, it remained the all-time best selling American title, and is still in print today.

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Among other things, today is also Peculiar Peoples Day, which may have something to do with an offshoot of the Wesleyan denomination, The Peculiar People.

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61-year-old Florida woman Kerry Lee Pineiro was arrested and charged with domestic battery after she allegedly beat up her husband and kneed him in the groin twice because he didn't want to have sex with her. She was arrested for domestic battery before she was released the next day on her own recognizance.

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Some persons born on January 10 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections."
-John Dalberg-Acton

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Ten years ago yesterday, the iPhone was introduced. Surprisingly, the initial reviews were not all glowing. "Ask yourself if you really need all that high-tech bling," CNET asked. Or TechCrunch: "I have three specific reasons why the iPhone's design will cause it to crash in flames the way Apple's late and unlamented Newton did, only much more loudly and publicly because of all the hype it's gotten: First, the iPhone ignores the main reasons that the iPod succeeded: simplicity and ease of use... Second, the iPhone crams too many functions into a single box... Third, users will detest the touch screen interface due to its lack of tactile feedback."

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Scientists have found a drug that regenerates teeth, and it could reduce the need for fillings. The drug was previously used in Alzheimer's clinical trials, and it now appears to improve the tooth's natural ability to heal itself. It works by activating stem cells inside the tooth's pulp centre, prompting the damaged area to regenerate the hard dentin material that makes up the majority of a tooth.

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"Move along to where?" Local laws euphemistically ban "urban camping." Criminalizing homelessness isn't solving the problem.

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Other interesting Florida news... on Saturday night, the FBI arrested Oliver Schmidt, a former emissions compliance executive for Volkswagen Group, as he waited to catch a plane back to Germany at Miami International Airport in Florida. A Justice Department lawyer said that an attorney for Schmidt "had alerted government lawyers that the executive would be in Florida for vacation." He was charged with defrauding the United States, wire fraud, and violating the Clean Air Act.

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Verizon tells unlimited users averaging 200gb/month to switch or leave. The carrier stopped offering unlimited plans to new customers in 2011. A year later, it required those upgrading service to say farewell to unlimited, too. So, at this point, fewer than one percent of consumers are on unlimited plans, and only a fraction of them use inordinate amounts of data.

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We had a close shave on Monday when an asteroid barely whizzed by Earth at about half the distance between our planet and the Moon. While astronomers have been aware of other space rocks approaching Earth, they did not see this one coming until two days before the flyby. The space rock was discovered only on Saturday by the Catalina Sky Survey of the University of Arizona. It was about the same size as the asteroid that struck Chelyabinsk in Russia.

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Trump lie of the day... Alibaba deal promising to created 1 million US jobs labeled "theatrics."

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Baltimore is giving Florida a run for its money: Maryland man opens fire on his wife and daughter after one of them took a bite of his grilled cheese sandwich. A three-hour standoff with police followed. He was charged with attempted first degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and multiple other charges. And he's not supposed to own guns because of prior assault convictions.

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Sorry the report is late today. Had a run-in with an apparently bad take-out entree at dinner last night, which left me doubled over and incapacitated until earlier this morning.

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iPhone anniversary, National Static Electricity Day, more workers stiffed by Trump, 2017: The Running Man arrives
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Published Monday, January 09, 2017 @ 12:40 AM EST
Jan 09 2017

Today is Monday, January 9, the ninth day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 356 days remaining.

There are:
7 days until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day;
11 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
24 days until Groundhog Day;
36 days until Valentine's Day;
42 days until Presidents' Day;
62 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
67 days until St. Patrick's Day;
70 days until the arrival of Spring;
82 days until April Fools' Day;
95 days until Good Friday;
97 days until Easter Sunday; and
665 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this day in 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone at a Macworld keynote in San Francisco. The phone was actually released on June 29, 2007. Apple has released ten generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the ten major releases of the iOS operating system. Reported sales of all models exceed one billion units. It's hard to recall life before smartphones, isn't it?

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Among other things, today is also National Static Electricity Day. Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material. The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge. Static electricity is named in contrast with current electricity, which flows through wires or other conductors and transmits energy.

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Florida man attempts to burglarize a spy store selling surveillance cameras. Of course, there's video.

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Some persons born on January 9 who said interesting things:

Quote of the day:

"Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."
-Richard M. Nixon

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Penn State's costs related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal have reached $237 million and are still growing.

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The Limited has closed all of its 250 stores but continues its business on the web.

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Trump bragged his D.C. hotel came in under budget. Here's why: a third lien on Trump's new D.C. hotel raises cash due to stiffed electricians, plumbers and carpenters to $5 million.

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"They’re like monsters hiding under your bed." Two supermassive black holes lurk near Earth’s Milky Way.

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A vast iceberg, expected to be one of the biggest ever recorded with an area almost the size of the state of Delaware is poised to break off from Antarctica.

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Why we may be living in the world of "The Running Man." The vision of 2017 depicted in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 30-year-old dystopian action movie captures how our world is changing today.

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Several groups of scientists have reported progress toward a flu vaccine that could protect against flu permanently with a single injection or with a shot given every five to 10 years.

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I don't know... I find it less bothersome than adding "-gate" to anything remotely scandalous... How "Franken-" lurched its way into our lexicon.

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Telegraph, National Smith Day, Kit-Kat recursion, peanuts, tax refund delays
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Published Friday, January 06, 2017 @ 7:34 AM EST
Jan 06 2017

Today is Friday, January 6, the sixth day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days remaining.

There are:
10 days until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day;
14 days until Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the Unites States;
27 days until Groundhog Day;
39 days until Valentine's Day;
45 days until Presidents' Day;
65 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
70 days until St. Patrick's Day;
73 days until the arrival of Spring;
85 days until April Fools' Day;
98 days until Good Friday;
100 days until Easter Sunday; and
668 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse demonstrated his new communications device, known as a telegraph, for the first time. The telegraph converted a simple code alphabet (known as Morse code) tapped out on a single key into electrical signals. These signals were then sent along a cable and decoded on the receiving end. Anywhere a cable could be laid- across mountains or under oceans- telegraphic messages could be sent. By 1852, the United States had 20 telegraph companies with 23,000 miles of wire.

On Monday, July 12, 1999, a final telegram was sent from the National Liberty Ship Memorial, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, in San Francisco Bay to President Bill Clinton in the White House. Officials of Globe Wireless reported that "The message was 95 words, and it took six or eight minutes to copy it." They then transmitted the message to the White House via e-mail. That event was also used to mark the final commercial U.S. ship-to-shore telegraph message transmitted from North America by Globe Wireless, a company founded in 1911. Sent from its wireless station at Half Moon Bay, California, the sign-off message was a repeat of Samuel F. B. Morse's message 155 years earlier, "What hath God wrought?"

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Among other things, today is also National Smith Day, commemorating the January 6, 1580, birthday of Captain John Smith, the English colonial leader who helped to settle Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. Depending upon which history source you consult, January 6 may also be the birthday of mountain man and explorer Jedediah Smith, who blazed trails across the West.

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Florida woman hits fiance with 2-by-4 over engagement ring. They don't say why. It's Florida; does it matter?

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Some persons born on January 6 who said interesting things:

Quote of the day:

"A class of people is growing up who are unexploitable because they are not worth employing even for the minimum wage. Technological progress makes whole categories of people useless without making it possible to support them with the wealth produced by the progress."
-Jacques Ellul

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Secrets of the universe: The filling inside Kit-Kat candy bars is... Kit-Kat candy bars.

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Feedback loops between record Arctic temperatures and the jet stream may be altering our weather. The Arctic is getting crazy.

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Biographer uncovers evidence that Nixon was not merely a serial liar, but evil. His ploy to win cost literally thousands upon thousands of American and Vietnamese lives.

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Robots are becoming more physically adept and are improving emotional connections to humans. "We're on the cusp of a robotic moment."

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The National Institutes of Health says it could be possible to prevent the development of deadly peanut allergies by introducing peanuts to infants. "The... study clearly showed that introduction of peanut early in life significantly lowered the risk of developing peanut allergy by age 5. The magnitude of the benefit and the scientific strength of the study raised the need to operationalize these findings by developing clinical recommendations focused on peanut allergy prevention," said Daniel Rotrosen, M.D., director of NIAID's Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation.

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Doctors: Seriously, Stop Sticking Q-Tips In Your Ears. And don't even try ear candling, an alternative medicine procedure that involves lighting a candle over your ear to try and draw the wax out. It doesn't make any sense and you'll probably just get candle wax in your ears.

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Due to a new law, the IRS must delay paying out refunds on returns that claim the earned-income tax credit or a child tax credit. Those returns are the most likely to contain identity-theft fraud, because criminals can claim refunds of $3,000 and up using those tax breaks and get the money before the real taxpayer even knows what happened. But they are also the returns of the low-income taxpayers who file their tax returns early in the year and rely heavily on those refunds to pay down debt, make big purchases or replenish savings. Refunds for these folks will be delayed until February 27. The IRS will begin accepting 2016 tax returns on January 23. This year's deadline—without allowed extensions—is April 18, not April 15, because of a weekend and the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C.

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The bad news? Conan may no longer have a daily talk show. The good news? Conan may no longer have a daily talk show.

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Have a good weekend... see you Monday.

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Superman, Mr. Green Jeans, Whipped Cream Day, no jobs, but society's gonna collapse, anyway.
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Published Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 7:53 AM EST
Jan 05 2017

Today is Thursday, January 5, the fifth day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 360 days remaining.

There are:
11 days until Martin Luther King Day;
15 days until Donald Trump becomes President of the Unites States;
28 days until Groundhog Day;
40 days until Valentines Day;
46 days until Presidents Day;
66 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
71 days until St. Patrick's Day;
74 days until the arrival of Spring;
86 days until April Fool's Day;
99 days until Good Friday;
101 days until Easter Sunday; and
669 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this day in 1914, actor George Reeves was born (as George Keefer Brewer) in Woolstock, Iowa. Reeves' film career began in 1939 when he was cast as Stuart Tarleton (incorrectly listed in the film's credits as Brent Tarleton), one of Scarlett O'Hara's suitors in Gone with the Wind. But he is best known, especially to those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, for portraying the eponymous lead character in The Adventures of Superman (1952-1958). While the late Christopher Reeve is most associated with the role because of the 1978 Richard Donner film and its sequels, Reeves is "the" Superman for most fans over the age of 50.

Filmed on a non-existent budget with crude special effects, it nontheless captivated a generation of kids who ran around their houses with bath towel capes tied to their necks, imitating the swooshing noise of the Man of Steel in flight.

Reeves died in 1959 at the age of 45 from a gunshot wound. Officially ruled a suicide, others maintained he was either murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting. The 2006 movie Hollywoodland, starring Ben Affleck as George Reeves, presents a fictionalized account of the circumstances surrounding Reeves' demise and features re-enactments of the three theories concerning his death.

Also born on this day, in 1910, was Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, an American vocalist, arranger, composer and actor best known as "Mr. Green Jeans", a character he played for 30 years on the CBS children's television show Captain Kangaroo.

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Among other things, today is also National Whipped Cream Day. Not so coincidentally, it's the birthday of Aaron S. "Bunny" Lapin (January 5, 1914-July 10, 1999), who invented Reddi-wip in 1948. From a chemical standpoint, whipped cream is an aerated colloid produced when air is incorporated into cream containing at least 35% fat. During whipping, partially coalesced fat molecules create a stabilized network which traps air bubbles. The resulting colloid is roughly double the volume of the original cream. If, however, the whipping is continued, the fat droplets will stick together destroying the colloid and forming butter. Lower-fat cream (or milk) does not whip well, while higher-fat cream produces a more stable foam. (A colloid is a mixture in which one substance of microscopically dispersed insoluble particles is suspended throughout another substance).

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During a search, police report a Florida man tried to hide nearly 100 heroin pills in his butt. And a Florida woman is out on bond after being accused of aiming her car at her son-in-law, hitting him and her daughter, pinning her daughter under the vehicle, and then running over her.

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Some persons born on January 5 who said interesting things:

Quote of the day:

"There will be no veterans of World War III."
-Walter Mondale

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Macho unemployment: More than a fifth of American men aren't working, yet they aren't flocking to service-sector jobs. Experts suggest that much of the resistance comes from a culture of masculinity.

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If you think it's tough finding employment now, hold on... 47% of jobs will disappear in the next 25 years, according to Oxford University, and nobody has any idea what to do about it. It will mean the obliteration of the middle class, and this "structural unemployment" is inevitable and cannot be reversed.

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Lego's new robotics set lets kids program a cat to play the harmonica. And prepare for what appears to be the only job remaining in their future... programming robots.

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Assuming we're still around, that is. Society could collapse within a decade, a 'mathematical historian' predicts. And before you start blaming Trump, he asserts that we're doomed, no matter who is in power.

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I'm shocked, shocked I tell you... Two major credit reporting agencies have been lying to consumers. A CFPB investigation concluded that Transunion and Equifax deceived Americans about the reports they provided and the fees they charged.

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She fell and she couldn't get up... Lucy, our pre-historic hominid cousin, died after falling from a tree, scientists now believe.

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17 pop culture icons will achieve milestone anniversaries in 2017, including recorded jazz, SPAM, movies with sound, West Side Story, St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, among others.

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Let's give Florida a break: Newly elected West Virginia sheriff arrested for stealing meth from evidence locker.

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Perihelion, spaghetti, Florida Elvis and Batman ladies, Zika, bedbugs, space junk, and prosocial psychopaths.
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Published Wednesday, January 04, 2017 @ 12:12 AM EST
Jan 04 2017

Today is Wednesday, January 4, the fourth day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 361 days remaining.

There are:
12 days until Martin Luther King Day;
16 days until Donald Trump becomes President of the Unites States;
29 days until Groundhog Day;
41 days until Valentines Day;
47 days until Presidents Day;
67 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
72 days until St. Patrick's Day;
75 days until the arrival of Spring;
87 days until April Fool's Day;
100 days until Good Friday;
102 days until Easter Sunday; and
670 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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(Art by Sara Zimmerman on Unearthed Comics)

Today at 14:18 Universal Time (9:18 am EST) Earth reaches its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun- 91,404,322 miles.

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Among other things, today is also National Spaghetti Day. Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning "thin string" or "twine".

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A Florida man named Elvis shot at cows with an AR-15 from a car traveling on the Florida Turnpike. It appears no cows were injured. Elvis, however, is now firmly ensconced in the pokey. As are two Florida women who committed several armed robberies while dressed as Batman.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains 44,047 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 4 who said interesting things:

Quote of the day:

"When I face an issue of great import that cleaves both constituents and colleagues, I always take the same approach. I engage in deep deliberation and quiet contemplation. I wait to the last available minute and then I always vote with the losers. Because, my friend, the winners never remember and the losers never forget."
-Everett Dirksen

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Foxconn, the Chinese factory where iPhones are manufactured, has long been criticized for its working conditions, which caused some employees to commit suicide on the job. One solution- get rid of the humans. Foxconn plans to replace almost every human worker with robots. And it's not limited to factory workers. In Japan, white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

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Baltimore wins the dubious crown as the city with the biggest bedbug problem. Virtually unheard of in the U.S. ten years ago, bedbug infestations are becoming commonplace. An Orkin spokesman said "Anyone can get bed bugs in their home. They are not a sign of uncleanliness. Bed bugs only need blood to survive. We have treated for bed bugs in everything from million dollar homes to public housing." Check out the link above for tips on finding the little buggers.

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On the bright side, a major Zika virus outbreak is unlikely in the U.S. Exposure to mosquitoes in the United States is limited by widespread access to clean water, air conditioning, screened doors and windows, and other household amenities that most Americans take for granted.

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"So far, you know, we've been lucky." NASA Astronaut Piers Sellers observes about the millions of pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth. It could be that the litter in our celestial backyard will make space travel even more hazardous.

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In each of the last 104 weeks, at least one toddler in the United States has discharged a firearm, shooting himself or another person. Toddler shootings in the U.S. were up six percent in 2016.

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Add to the things about which you didn't realize you had to worry: you are probably not cleaning your bath towel anywhere near enough. Experts say you should use a towel no more than three times before washing it- provided you can dry it completely between uses. If the towel stays damp... you're taking a big chance. Which doesn't explain why any single men are still alive on the planet.

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Well, that's awkward... while studying brain scans to search for patterns that correlated with psychopathic behavior, a neuroscientist found that his own brain fit the profile. Turns out his family line included seven alleged murderers, including Lizzie Borden, infamously accused of killing her father and stepmother in 1892. He considers himself to be a prosocial psychopath. I still wouldn't want to cut him off in traffic...

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Apple Inc'ed, chocolate covered cherries, Norse gods return, polyphasic sleep, first 2017 end of world prediction
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Published Tuesday, January 03, 2017 @ 12:35 AM EST
Jan 03 2017

Today is Tuesday, January 3, the third day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 362 days remaining.

There are:
13 days until Martin Luther King Day;
17 days until Donald Trump becomes President of the Unites States;
30 days until Groundhog Day;
42 days until Valentines Day;
48 days until Presidents Day;
68 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
73 days until St. Patrick's Day;
76 days until the arrival of Spring;
88 days until April Fool's Day;
101 days until Good Friday;
103 days until Easter Sunday; and
671 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

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On this day in 1977, Apple Computer was incorporated in Cupertino, California. In January 2007, the company renamed itself Apple, Inc. to reflect its shift away from computers to consumer electronics. Apple is the world's largest information technology company by revenue, the world's largest technology company by total assets, and the world's second-largest mobile phone manufacturer. In November 2014, in addition to being the largest publicly traded corporation in the world by market capitalization, Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at over US$700 billion. The company employs 115,000 permanent full-time employees as of July 2015 and maintains 478 retail stores in seventeen countries as of March 2016. It operates the online Apple Store and iTunes Store, the latter of which is the world's largest music retailer. There were over one billion actively used Apple products worldwide as of March 2016.

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Among other things, today is also National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Not into cherries? Here's Wikipedia's list of chocolate-covered foods.

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Nine Florida cops swarm man for recording cops running stop sign in front of police station where wife works.

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As of this writing, The KGB Quotations Database contains 43,993 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on January 3 who said interesting things:

Quote of the day:

"You know what happens when you don't take a risk? Nothing."
-Mel Gibson

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Despite the proliferation of smartphones and scheduling software, sales of paper calendars and planners continue to grow.

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Iceland is officially worshiping Norse gods again. And it's unrelated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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At various points in my life, I've gone through periods where I engage in polyphasic sleep. I've always had the ability to fall asleep at any time in any position. Not quite at will, but pretty close. Quality of sleep is subjective, but there have been times I've awakened from a 45 minute nap sleeping upright in a chair feeling more refreshed than after a full eight hour, in-bed session.

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Everyone knows Yellowstone Park sits on top of a cyclic supervolcano. There's also one in Italy that caused the largest eruption in European history. Now it's stirring again..

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Miracles do happen. A guy hits 240 consecutive green lights... in New York City:

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What's a new year without a prediction that it will be the last one? Earth 'will be destroyed in October 2017' - and the rich are already building bunkers.

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Speaking of celestial happenings, on August 21, The Great American Solar Eclipse will occur, with over a half dozen U.S. cities experiencing near or full totality. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the United States mainland since 1979.

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