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Star Wars debut, Geek Pride Day, Trump math, magic mushrooms, real ESP, Apollo auctions, Young Sheldon
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Published Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 25 2017

Today is Thursday, May 25, the 145th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 220 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 126 days. There are 1,337 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1977, Star Wars opened in limited release on only 43 screens in the United States. By July 15, it was on 757 screens. See The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 story, 'Star Wars' flashback: When no theater wanted to show the movie in 1977

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Among other things, today is also Geek Pride Day.

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Florida Man: NOT GUILTY: Florida man who blamed big penis for girlfriend's death acquitted. "Unlike Patterson, the jury wasn't hung." No photos, either.

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Quote of the day:

"As soon as there is life there is danger."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The math errors in Trump's proposed budget are so ludicrous they would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course. It could also explain how he could go bankrupt running a casino.

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The new CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Discovery" is being attacked on Twitter for having too much diversity, and not enough white people in its cast. Personally, I've alway felt there were too many Terrans.

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The top 50 shows of the 2016-17 season proves I'm not in television's target demographic any more. And that I have somewhat odd tastes. See if one of your favorite shows is among those that have been canceled. Also, The new Game of Thrones trailer is here, and everyone is doomed.

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Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff. Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases- even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

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Warby Parker's new app checks your vision and writes prescriptions without a trip to the doctor. With a lot of caveats...

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Snopes tackles the Ancestry.com owns your DNA story.

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Demolition company tears down wrong house, employee blames Google Maps.

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Black man found not guilty of crime, still sentenced to six years in prison. In Georgia. Of course.

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Magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug, study says. Of course, the active ingredient in the fungus- psilocybin- is illegal in the United States.

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"The Day the Dinosaurs Died"... The Chicxulub asteroid impact equivalent to 10 billion Hiroshima bombs hit worst possible place on Earth.

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On July 20, Sotheby's will auction a bag containing traces of moon dust, which a Chicago-area woman picked up for $995 and which is expected to sell for as much as $4 million. How did NASA screw this up? Therein lies a tale...

Or, you could buy an actual Apollo Guidance Computer for under $100K.

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IRS nixes student loan payoff charity. Among the reasons... the organization is not operated exclusively for charitable or educational purposes; rather... for the private benefit of individuals.

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Will an asteroid collide with Earth this year? NASA reveals the FIVE space rocks that will come 'close' to Earth through next year. Those of you who backed Giant Asteroid over Clinton or Trump may get your wish...

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Reality Check: What does, and doesn't, protect your smartphone. Choose wisely.

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How to make toast using Microsoft OneNote. Forget about printing out a PDF to note, though. That's still broken.

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'Young Sheldon': 'Big Bang Theory' spinoff trailer tops 22 million views, CBS says.

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T-Mobile announces spectacular attempt to steal Verizon customers by paying off their Pixel bills.

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"It was both methodologically sound and logically insane." Daryl Bem proved ESP is real. Which means science is broken.

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There will be no FCC fine for Stephen Colbert's risque joke about President Donald Trump. WaPo Analysis: Dirty words: From Lenny Bruce and George Carlin to Stephen Colbert.

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Juust hours before workers removed a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee- the fourth Confederate monument to be dismantled in New Orleans in recent weeks- Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a remarkable special address at historic Gallier Hall. Here's the transcript.

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This isn't serious accounting, it's cooking the books to achieve an unattainable goal: huge tax cuts and a balanced budget.

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Format change: After reviewing survey results and performing a cost/benefit analysis, I've adjusted the content of KGB Report to include more news and comment and reduce specialized and "reference" content available elsewhere. Comments welcome- tweaking is ongoing. That's it for this week... see you Monday.

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Java, World Turtle Day, Orville, safety net cuts, terrorism, sand and bicarb shortages, lots of other stuff...
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Published Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 23 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 222 days remaining.

There are:
4 days until the start of Ramadan;
6 days until Memorial Day;
12 days until Pentecost;
23 days until Flag Day;
30 days until the Summer Solstice;
34 days until the end of Ramadan;
33 days until Father's Day;
42 days until Independence Day (July 4);
104 days until Labor Day;
532 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 124 days. There are 1,339 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1995 the first version of the Java programming language was released.

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Among other things today is also World Turtle Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida Man: Tampa mayor joked about watching reporters 'cry like little girls' as he pointed machine gun at them.

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Quote of the day:

"How to defeat terrorism? Don't be terrorized. Don't let fear rule your life. Even if you are scared."
-Salman Rushdie

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The Orville is an upcoming comedy-drama science fiction television series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane that is set to air Thursdays at 9:00 on Fox during the 2017–18 season.

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President Trump's budget proposes deep cuts to programs for the poor, lowers taxes sharply and assumes improbable economic growth. Explosion, panic and death at Ariana Grande concert in England You know. The usual.

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Jury selection in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case began here in Pittsburgh on Monday, even though the trial will be on the other side of the state, near Philadelphia in Montgomery County. That's in order to find jurors untainted by publicity. Sure. None of us in Allegheny County know anything about this international scandal.

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Real fake news: The Onion leaks a trove of Trump documents.

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The world is running out of sand. China's swift development has consumed more sand in the previous four years than the United States used in the past century. Chinese officials have said that by 2030 they hope to have completed a hundred and sixty-five thousand miles of roads- a national network nearly three and a half times as long as the American interstate system.

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Michael Moore, Harvey Weinstein reteam for Trump documentary "Fahrenheit 11/9". "No matter what you throw at him, it hasn't worked," says Moore. "No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting. That all ends with this movie."

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Billy Bush is ready to get back into television. Television not exactly jumping at the offer.

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Three cast members announce they won't return to Saturday Night Live next year. Relax. Kate McKinnon isn't one of them.

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"I want all the people who betrayed my father to know that I'm coming after them," Zachary Ailes said during a speech at the ceremony, "and hell is coming with me." Roger Ailes' son's vengeful eulogy for his father.

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When 'special reports' aren't all that 'special'.

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Megyn Kelly's new NBC news magazine show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, will premiere June 4 at 7 p.m. Meh. I'll stick with 60 Minutes.

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The mystery of the wasting house-cats... Forty years ago, feline hyperthyroidism was virtually nonexistent. Now it's an epidemic= and some scientists think a class of everyday chemicals might be to blame.

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'When President Trump laid hands on the glowing Saudi mystery orb, he pledged allegiance to "Its Luminescence," summoned the forces of Sauron to take over Middle-earth and created an "army of Moderate Muslims to fight terror."' Behold: Donald Trump and the mysterious glowing orb.

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The commerce secretary praises the lack of protest in a country where it's punishable by death.

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Five people hospitalized after eating gas station nacho cheese. Rule of thumb: be wary of any food that is preceded by the words "gas station."

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Nearly 40 years after Mount St. Helens' deadly eruption, it's 'recharging'

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Billboard Music Awards slip in key demo from last year. Could have something to do with a 71-year-old Cher in fishnet stockings.

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Hospitals around the US are scrambling to stockpile pharmaceutical grade sodium bicarbonate solution due to critical shortages. The injectable quality baking soda will be in short supply for the next 1-3 months, and hospitals are postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments because the country's only two suppliers have run out.

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Marilyn sings, International Hummus Day, snakebite, quotes
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Published Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 5:48 AM EDT
May 18 2017

Today is Thursday, May 18, the 139th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 226 days remaining.

There are:
8 days until the start of Ramadan;
11 days until Memorial Day;
17 days until Pentecost;
27 days until Flag Day;
34 days until the Summer Solstice;
38 days until the end of Ramadan;
38 days until Father's Day;
47 days until Independence Day (July 4);
109 days until Labor Day;
537 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 119 days. There are 1,344 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1962, A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday".

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Among other things today is also International Hummus Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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A Florida man was hospitalized after a rattlesnake bit him on the tongue when he attempted to kiss it.

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Quotes of the day:

"There was no way to predict Trump would act like this in office except for everything he'd ever done his entire life."
-Jon Schwarz

"At Trump University, they didn't give commencement speeches, they gave depositions."
-Variously attributed

"America voted for a roller coaster, so buckle up, people. We're only ten feet up the clicky part."
-Jordan Klepper, "The Daily Show"

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We're late and abbreviated again today, a victim of recalcitrant software. See you Monday.

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Godspell, World Hypertension Day, yard sale meth in Florida, Conan, Closer Look
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Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 1:55 PM EDT
May 17 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 228 days remaining.

There are:
9 days until the start of Ramadan;
12 days until Memorial Day;
18 days until Pentecost;
28 days until Flag Day;
35 days until the Summer Solstice;
39 days until the end of Ramadan;
39 days until Father's Day;
48 days until Independence Day (July 4);
110 days until Labor Day;
538 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 118 days. There are 1,345 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1971, the musical Godspell opened off-Broadway.


(Clip from the 1973 film version of the musical. Jesus is portrayed by Victor Garber in his first film role. Also appearing in her first feature was Lynne Thigpen as Lynne.)

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Among other things- and given the news- is it a surprise that today is also World Hypertension Day?

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida woman found with meth in bra says it came from yard sale.

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Some persons born on May 17 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"Comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it. It should be about attacking the powerful- the politicians, the Trumps, the blowhards- going after them. We shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable."
-Craig Ferguson

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Seth Meyers' look at the last eight days in Trumpland...

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We're late and abbreviated today. See you tomorrow.

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First laser, National Sea Monkey Day, Lawrence O'Donnell canned?, US could have been Canada...
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Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 5:27 AM EDT
May 16 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 16, the 136th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 229 days remaining.

There are:
10 days until the start of Ramadan;
13 days until Memorial Day;
19 days until Pentecost;
29 days until Flag Day;
36 days until the Summer Solstice;
40 days until the end of Ramadan;
40 days until Father's Day;
49 days until Independence Day (July 4);
111 days until Labor Day;
539 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 117 days. There are 1,346 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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(Image from www.laserfest.org)

On this day in 1960, engineer and physicist Theodore Harold "Ted" Maiman fired thr first optical laser (a ruby laser) at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

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Among other things, today is also National Sea Monkey Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida woman sues Confederate group over a camel bite.

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Some persons born on May 16 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"All these guys picking on smart kids and calling them geeks and dweebs are going to grow up and want to know why they don't do something about the terrible state the world is in. I can tell you why. By the time they grow up, most of the kids who really could have changed things are wrecked."
-Bruce Coville

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MSNBC may cancel Lawrence O'Donnell's 'The Last Word' and it may be because of Trump. 'Word,' second only to "The Rachel Maddow Show" in ratings, has always been on Trump's hit list, and it appears MSNBC and parent Comcast are yielding to pressure.

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Amazon is now worth two Walmarts. On the 20th anniversary of its IPO, Amazon's market cap stands at $459 billion, Walmart's at $228 billion.

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An interesting what if... We could have been Canada.

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And speaking of alternative histories, Dinosaurs might have lived if the asteroid had hit minutes earlier or later.

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He drank a cafe latte, a Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink. Caffeine killed him.

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Experts warn summer will bring more ticks, deadly Powassan virus. As if Trump hasn't been enough.

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Minnesota's medical cannabis providers have lost $11 million in two years. It's run by doctors. Well that's your problem right there...

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A Closer Look:

Colbert declassified, and trolling Trump and the FCC:

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Mickey, Chocolate Chip Day, NASA says no to Trump, dino mummy, WannaCry, sushi parasites, Comey was right
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Published Sunday, May 14, 2017 @ 11:58 PM EDT
May 14 2017

Today is Monday, May 15, the 135th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 230 days remaining.

There are:
11 days until the start of Ramadan;
14 days until Memorial Day;
20 days until Pentecost;
30 days until Flag Day;
37 days until the Summer Solstice;
41 days until the end of Ramadan;
41 days until Father's Day;
50 days until Independence Day (July 4);
112 days until Labor Day;
540 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 116 days. There are 1,347 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1928, the Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon, a silent film called "Plane Crazy", in a test screening before a theater audience. Sound was added, and the film was later released as the fourth Mickey Mouse cartoon, after Steamboat Willie, The Gallopin' Caucho, and The Barn Dance.


The sound-added version of Plane Crazy, released a year later in 1929.

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Among other things, today is also National Chocolate Chip Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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A Florida man who said he was high on meth allegedly tried to hot-wire a car even though the keys were inside, deputies said.

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Some persons born on May 15 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"Donald Trump is the only person in the world who can look at the Watergate experience and say, 'tape recordings... now there's an idea!'"
-Eric Bates

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NASA denies Trump's request to send astronauts past the moon on new rocket. Putting astronauts on the first flight would have added $600 million to $900 million to the $24 billion price tag and delayed the launch until probably the first half of 2020.

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A stunningly well-preserved dinosaur "mummy" found in Canada. For paleontologists the dinosaur’s amazing level of fossilization- caused by its rapid undersea burial- is as rare as winning the lottery. Usually just the bones and teeth are preserved, and only rarely do minerals replace soft tissues before they rot away.

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What you need to know about the WannaCry ransomware attack.

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Eating sushi can give you Anisakiasis.

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The human sense of smell is better than previously thought. But dogs don't have to be concerned.

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What if all the ice on Earth melted? The planet would have an average temperature of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the current average temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit, and an increase of 216 feet in seawater levels.

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THe FTC is cracking down on those phony "Microsoft says your computer is broke" pop-ups and phone calls.

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In a 2014 interview, fired FBI director James Comey warned "You cannot trust people in power."

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Panama, National Day of Reason, DC in ten minutes, Hawking says we have 100 years to leave Earth
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Published Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 8:22 AM EDT
May 04 2017

Today is Thursday, May 4, the 124rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 241 days remaining.

There is:
1 days until Cinco de Mayo;
10 days until Mother's Day;
22 days until the start of Ramadan;
25 days until Memorial Day;
31 days until Pentecost;
41 days until Flag Day;
48 days until the Summer Solstice;
52 days until the end of Ramadan;
52 days until Father's Day;
61 days until Independence Day (July 4);
123 days until Labor Day;
551 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,357 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1904, the United States begins construction of the Panama Canal. France began work on the canal in 1881 but stopped due to engineering problems and a high worker mortality rate. The United States took over the project in 1904 and opened the canal on August 15, 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan.

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Among other things, today is also The National Day of Reason, a secular celebration for humanists, atheists, and other secularists and freethinkers in response to the National Day of Prayer, a legal holiday in the United States. The day is celebrated on the first Thursday in May of every year, to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, which many atheist and secular groups view to be unconstitutional. The purpose of the National Day of Reason is to "celebrate reason— a concept all Americans can support— and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship." The National Day of Reason is also meant to help build community among the non-religious in the United States.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida woman caught on tape faking a worker's comp injury.

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Some persons born on May 4 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"Today's news, which may be yesterday's anyway, will be eclipsed tomorrow."
-Graham Swift

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Yesterday in Washington, DC, in ten minutes:

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Things Jimmy Kimmel's baby should have done to deserve health care, according to Republicans. Sigh. Yep, they're all Republicans.

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A dangerously convincing Google Docs phishing scam is spreading like crazy. One reason I only use the cloud for backup...

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Why there was a Civil War... Some issues aren't amenable to deal making; some principles don't lend themselves to compromise.

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Automation will continue to replace humans, but not where you think. Areas with high concentrations of jobs in food preparation, office or administrative support, and/or sales will be most affected- places such as Las Vegas and the Riverside-San Bernardino area may be the most vulnerable to automation in upcoming years, with 65 percent of jobs in Las Vegas and 63 percent of jobs in Riverside predicted to be automatable by 2025. Other areas especially vulnerable to automation are El Paso, Orlando, and Louisville.

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What global warming 'hiatus'? Researchers claim to have reconciled the differences between the computer model projections and observational temperature records.

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Stephen Hawking thinks humans have only 100 years to leave the Earth. The renowned English theoretical physicist made the claim as part of a new documentary, Expedition New Earth, that's set to air on BBC Two over the summer. As part of his predictions, Hawking said the effects of climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics, and population growth has put the planet in an "increasingly precarious" position. Call me a foolish optimist, but I prefer Star Trek's philosophy- we can fix all those things and explore space.

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New movie shows spacecraft Cassini's first dive over Saturn. And NASA scientists find a giant wave rolling through the Perseus galaxy cluster.

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Remember the story from the other day about the woman who was arrested for breaking out in laughter at Jeff Session's Senate confirmation hearing? She was found guilty of the two charges she faced: one of disorderly and disruptive conduct and a charge of parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds. "Ms. Fairooz said she was 'really disappointed' by the verdict and that her attorney would file post-trial motions seeking to set the verdict aside. She said it was too early to discuss an appeal. She also said she would continue to protest the Trump administration. 'I'm so disgusted with so many different aspects of our current government,' she said.

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That's it for this week. Have a good weekend, and see you on Monday?

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GWTW, World Press Freedom Day, dying suburbia, cracking ice, sex for McNuggets
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Published Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 10:18 AM EDT
May 03 2017

Today is Wednesday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 242 days remaining.

There are:
2 days until Cinco de Mayo;
11 days until Mother's Day;
23 days until the start of Ramadan;
26 days until Memorial Day;
32 days until Pentecost;
42 days until Flag Day;
49 days until the Summer Solstice;
53 days until the end of Ramadan;
53 days until Father's Day;
62 days until Independence Day (July 4);
124 days until Labor Day;
552 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,358 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1937, Gone with the Wind, the novel by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Among other things, today is also World Press Freedom Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida authorities have charged a woman with prostitution after they say she agreed to perform a sex act on an undercover detective for $25 and chicken McNuggets.

Some persons born on May 3 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."
-Niccolò Machiavelli

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WarGames/Stargate Redux: A rare journey into the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a super-bunker that can survive anything.

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Once the key driver of the American dream, the suburbs have reached the end of a long era of cheap growth. Now their advantages to economic mobility have nearly disappeared. Across the United States, more than one in four suburbanites are poor or nearly poor. In fact, the suburbs of America's largest metropolitan areas have more poor people living in them than their inner cities do, and poverty is also growing at a much faster rate in the suburbs. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of people living below the poverty line in American cities increased by 29 percent. During that same period, the ranks of the suburban poor grew by 66 percent.

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A new crack in one of Antarctica's biggest ice shelves could mean a major break is near... scientists fear it's only a matter of time before a huge chunk- potentially containing up to 2,000 square miles of ice- breaks away. If this happens, the ice shelf may become increasingly unstable and could even fall apart.

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Bill Maher to Jake Tapper: Democrats lost election making whites feel like minority and obsessing over Halloween costumes.

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Code Pink activist is on trial for laughing during AG Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing. Desiree Fairooz, an activist affiliated with the group Code Pink, was arrested after laughing when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said that Sessions' record of "treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented."

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MSNBC says Rachel Maddow is now the #1 show on cable news as Fox News empire crumbles.

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When water costs me less than a penny a gallon, it's hard to fathom that India's Silicon Valley is dying of thirst. Your city may be next.

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Why your 'organic' milk may not be organic... Faking out the inspectors.

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Weather Channel, scurvy, 2xFlorida, Trump, head transplants, lots of tech stuff, kneel before Zod.
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Published Tuesday, May 02, 2017 @ 5:09 AM EDT
May 02 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 243 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until Cinco de Mayo;
12 days until Mother's Day;
24 days until the start of Ramadan;
27 days until Memorial Day;
33 days until Pentecost;
43 days until Flag Day;
50 days until the Summer Solstice;
54 days until the end of Ramadan;
54 days until Father's Day;
63 days until Independence Day (July 4);
125 days until Labor Day;
553 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,359 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1982, The Weather Channel, an American basic cable channel, was launched at 8 pm eastern time. The service was founded on July 18, 1980, by veteran television meteorologist John Coleman (who, at the time of the channel's founding, had formerly served as a chief meteorologist at ABC owned-and-operated station WLS-TV in Chicago and as a forecaster for Good Morning America) and Frank Batten, then-president of the channel's original owner Landmark Communications (now Landmark Media Enterprises). Originally, regional and local information was obtained by the National Weather Service for broadcast. Since 2002, all forecasting has been done on-site in Atlanta.

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Among other things, today is also International Scurvy Awareness Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man sets fire to girlfriend's purse, throws it over a gate, and ignites a palm tree which in turn overheats a transformer, knocking out power to a neighborhood.

Bonus Florida item: Every four days, a kid crashes a stolen car in Pinellas County. They blow red lights and fly through stop signs and speed the wrong way on skinny bridges, toward oncoming traffic. They push 100 miles per hour, ram police cruisers and nearly mow down children stepping off a school bus.

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Some persons born on May 2 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"The infrastructure of the US is a long-term suspension of disbelief that such things won't be exploded deliberately by people who don't create anything."
--Dave Winer

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Trump on Wiretap: 'I Don’t Stand by Anything'. I'm stunned, I tell you, stunned. He also has a peculiar understanding of the Civil War. "Why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?" Angels and ministers of grace defend us...

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At last count, I've bought this album at least four times in my life. Looks like number five is coming up... "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a brand new stereo mix. Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles producer George Martin, and engineer Sam Okell went back to the original tapes in order to create new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes for the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition." Also included are early takes from over 400 hours of the "Sgt. Pepper's" studio sessions, so fans can now hear 34 previously unreleased recordings of the Beatles at work.

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Controversial surgeon claims successful head transplant on a rat, says humans are next. The bad news... the "patient" died 36 hours after surgery.

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The days of malware being just a problem for Windows users are long gone, with malicious software now appearing for all major operating systems. The latest, and most dangerous to hit the Mac yet, is called OSX/Dok. It targets any and all versions of Mac OS X and will take complete control of your Mac if you let it.

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Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel "worthless". Facebook's secretive advertising practices became a little more public on Monday thanks to a leak out of the company's Australian office. This 23-page document discovered by The Australian details in particular how Facebook executives promote advertising campaigns that exploit Facebook users' emotional states—and how these are aimed at users as young as 14 years old.

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Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor to carry premium price, feature high-end audio with 1 woofer & 7 tweeters. I'm sorry, I'm not buying any of these until they actually reach near-Star Trek quality. Preferably with a facsimile of Majel Barrett's voice.

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"Focus is a new Chrome plug-in that helps you concentrate." Yet another anti- procrastination aid. What the heck, I'll give it a look. Although it's my rather unfocused work habits that make populating this blog every day possible.

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Supergirl's season finale will include the return of Superman and the introduction of General Zod. While I've complained there have been too many aliens (especially Kryptonians) on the show, this one sounds potentially good. It's a cliffhanger for season three of the show, assuming a writer's strike doesn't gum up the works. (Since the show had a relatively early pickup, it may already have finished scripts to film.)

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Being unemployed leads to a 50% higher risk of death in patients suffering from heart failure, said new research from the European Society of Cardiology. It's more dangerous than having a history of diabetes or stroke because of the toll it takes on a person's overall well-being. Fortunately, I'm under-employed, not unemployed. And as soon as I figure a way to get health insurance, I'll have the ol' ticker checked out.

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The Illuminati, National Chocolate Parfait Day, Trump taxes. Minaj kills, Superman vs. KKK, voice duplicator, Maddow vindicated
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Published Monday, May 01, 2017 @ 4:40 AM EDT
May 01 2017

Today is Monday, May 1, the 121st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 244 days remaining.

There are:
4 days until Cinco de Mayo;
13 days until Mother's Day;
25 days until the start of Ramadan;
28 days until Memorial Day;
34 days until Pentecost;
44 days until Flag Day;
51 days until the Summer Solstice;
55 days until the end of Ramadan;
55 days until Father's Day;
64 days until Independence Day (July 4);
126 days until Labor Day;
554 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,360 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The Owl of Minerva, symbol of the
Order of the Illuminati

On this day in 1776, the Bavarian Illuminati secret society was formed. Its goals were to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power. "The order of the day," they wrote in their general statutes, "is to put an end to the machinations of the purveyors of injustice, to control them without dominating them." In subsequent use, "Illuminati" refers to various organisations which claim or are purported to have links to the original Bavarian Illuminati or similar secret societies, though these links are unsubstantiated. They are often alleged to conspire to control world affairs, by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish a New World Order. Central to some of the most widely known and elaborate conspiracy theories, the Illuminati have been depicted as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, films, television shows, comics, video games, and music videos.

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Among other things, today is also National Chocolate Parfait Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man, angry over chicken cost, shoots Popeye's worker in leg

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Some persons born on May 1 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"Millionaires are generally such appalling creatures. Fortune, while giving them money, frequently deprives them of both brains and personal attractiveness."
-Marie Corelli

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New York State lawmakers devise law to see President Trump’s taxes. The bill introduced in New York’s Senate and Assembly would require the state to release five years of state tax information for any President or vice president who files a New York state return. While Trump’s state return wouldn’t include all the details from his federal return, it would offer the public much more information about the Republican President’s potential conflicts of interest or how his finances would be affected by his own tax cut proposal, according to supporters.

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Comedian Hasan Minhaj blasts Trump, media at correspondents' dinner. "Only in America can a first-generation Indian Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president," he said. "The orange man behind the Muslim ban. Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment."

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"Superman Vs. the KKK" getting film adaptation, which chronicles the true-life story behind the making of a 1946 radio drama where the Man of Steel takes on a thinly-veiled version of the Ku Klux Klan.

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GOP, Trump fold on funding bill. No money for border wall, no defunding "sanctuary" cities, no defunding Planned Parenthood. The deal protects 99 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and increases clean energy and science funding in spite of Trump’s calls to cut all three priorities.

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...a massive surge in deliveries to residential dwellings, one that's outstripping deliveries to commercial establishments creating a traffic nightmare. Worse than everyone jumping in his/her individual car to go shopping?

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Eerie tech promises to copy anyone's voice from just 1 minute of audio. I think I saw a Star Trek episode about this. What could go wrong?

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Google and Facebook hit by $100 million phishing scam. The scammer forged corporate stamps, email addresses and invoices and pretended to be a foreign tech company that both Facebook and Google does business with. For over two years, the man sent phishing emails to employees of the targeted companies and convinced them to wire-transfer millions of dollars at a time to a fraudulent bank account.

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The vindication of Rachel Maddow... Journalists panned her report on Trump’s tax returns, but it produced the best evidence the President's tax proposal boosts his own bottom line.

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Super outbreak, coffee intake, Rather returns, meshes, Fake 5G, Trumpcare still stinks, juice is bad for you
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Published Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:57 AM EDT
Apr 27 2017

Today is Thursday, April 27, the 117th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining.

There is:
1 day until Arbor Day;
8 days until Cinco de Mayo;
17 days until Mother's Day;
29 days until the start of Ramadan;
32 days until Memorial Day;
38 days until Pentecost;
48 days until Flag Day;
55 days until the Summer Solstice;
59 days until the end of Ramadan;
59 days until Father's Day;
68 days until Independence Day (July 4);
130 days until Labor Day;
558 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,364 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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Radar sequence of tornado supercell thunderstorms
that tracked from western Mississippi into southwest
North Carolina. (Brian Tang via Washington Post)

On this day in 2011, the 2011 Super Outbreak devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.

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Among other things, today is also Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Police arrest wanted Florida woman after she posts a Facebook live video from a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.

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Some persons born on April 27 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

"Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children."
-Cory Booker

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"It is at this point like a law of physics. For every Trump action, there is an equal and opposite Trump [videotape] clip."

Seth Meyers continues to be the true successor to Jon Stewart.

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Drinking four cups of coffee is probably safe. Swell. Let me know when you get to ten.

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Dan Rather's second coming... Facebook, satellite radio and mainstream cable are resurrecting the veteran newsman's profile.

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A 600 year old white oak tree in New Jersey succumbs to old age or climate change or just bad luck.

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Making a mesh of things... An alternative to a plain wifi router if you have reception problems in your home.

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AT&T launches fake 5G network in desperate attempt to seem innovative. Note it's called "5G Evolution," which isn't really 5G. And it's only available in certain parts of Austin, Texas on Samsung Galaxy S8 phones. And the press release for it, which claims it's twice as fast as 4G, includes the disclaimer, "forward- looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially." File this under typical corporate dishonesty and forget about it.

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Trumpcare is back in the House, tweaked to make it more palatable to extra- conservative Republicans. How bad is this stinker? The new amendment says that none of the changes may apply to the insurance for members of Congress and their staff. I'd say we're screwed, but there's no way this is going to get through the Senate. And to make it even more interesting, repealing Obamacare could violate international law.

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I have personal experience and can confirm this: Juice is bad for you.

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Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.

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

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

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

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

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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

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Some persons born on April 26 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Among other things, today is also National Telephone Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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

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Some persons born on April 25 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Times photo

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

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

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man arrested after stealing neighbor's underwear.

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Some persons born on April 24 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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

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Some persons born on April 20 who said interesting things:

(The KGB Quotations Database currently contains 51,659 entries.)

Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have a good weekend. See you Monday.

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

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

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

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

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Among other things, today is also National Garlic Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man allegedly impersonates cop, pulls over real officer.

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Some persons born on April 19 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

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

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50,000!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taxes, Passover, National Velociraptor Awareness Day, death calulator, leaky toothpaste
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Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 2:23 AM EDT
Apr 18 2017

Today is Tuesday, April 18, the 108th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 257 days remaining.

Today is the deadline for filing Federal and most state and local income tax returns for 2016. It is also the last day of Passover.

There are:
4 days until Earth Day;
10 days until Arbor Day;
17 days until Cinco de Mayo;
26 days until Mother's Day;
38 days until the start of Ramadan;
41 days until Memorial Day;
47 days until Pentecost;
57 days until Flag Day;
64 days until the Summer Solstice;
68 days until the end of Ramadan;
68 days until Father's Day;
77 days until Independence Day (July 4);
139 days until Labor Day;
567 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,373 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is impeached.

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On this day in 1906, a major earthquake struck San Francisco and set off raging fires. More than 3,000 people died and 80 percent of the city was destroyed.

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Among other things, today is also National Velociraptor Awareness Day. (April is National Velociraptor Awareness Month!)

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man accused of breaking into woman's home to fry chicken.

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Some persons born on April 18 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"You can do anything you want in life. Unless Jay Leno wants to do it too."
-Conan O'Brien

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The last person born in the 19th century died and so will you. What do you do to live to be that old? You do nothing. It just happens. Then you die anyway. A doctor told me when I was in my 20s, that if I wanted to know how long I'd live, add my parents' ages at the time of death (assuming they died of natural causes and not due to injury or substance abuse/addiction), divide by two, and add five years for better nutrition and medical care. My mother will be 91 in October. My father died when he was 70, but he drank, smoked excessively, and had long-term complications from botched hernia surgery. His sister, my aunt, lived to be 87. Theoretically, at least, that's (90+87)/2 + 5 = 93.5 so far, and ol' Mom's still firing on all cylinders. Which sounds ok, but that's only about 30 years. 30 years ago was just 1987, when Reagan told Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" and "Three Men and a Baby" was the top-grossing picture. The Social Security Administration's Life Expectancy Calculator only gives me about 21 more years and says I'll take the big dirt nap on or around May 25, 2039. But then, they have a financial interest...

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From your heart, through your circulatory system, to your leg muscles and kidneys, running a marathon is sort of like putting your entire body through a meat grinder. For example, 82 percent of runners showed stage 1 acute kidney injury immediately after a marathon.

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First world problem of the day: Crest has a terrible leaking-toothpaste problem.

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A new study suggests that most of the energy from an asteroid's impact is spent vaporizing water and forming a crater, not making waves. So Hollywood's "Deep Impact"-type depictions are wrong. Not that that means things would be any better for us...

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Scientists find giant, elusive clam known as 'the unicorn of mollusks'. A unicorn that tunnels into underwater piers and pilings and is a major cause of damage and destruction to submarine timber structures and the hulls of wooden boats.

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Trump has spent one out of every five minutes of his presidency in Palm Beach.

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Mental illness is on the rise but access to care keeps dwindling. The uninsured and a lack of mental health professionals is exacerbating the siutation.

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Viral story about 'married couple who found out they were twins through IVF' appears to be fake. A prior story claimed to take place in Denver, but the next iteration moved it to Mississippi.

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Mustang Day, Bat Appreciation Day, Florida Man reels in Pence, Russia teaches robots to shoot, fresh water from dry air
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Published Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Apr 17 2017

Today is Monday, April 17, the 107th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 258 days remaining.

There is:
1 day until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
1 day until Last Day of Passover;
5 days until Earth Day;
11 days until Arbor Day;
18 days until Cinco de Mayo;
27 days until Mother's Day;
39 days until the start of Ramadan;
42 days until Memorial Day;
48 days until Pentecost;
58 days until Flag Day;
69 days until the end of Ramadan;
69 days until Father's Day;
65 days until the Summer Solstice;
78 days until Independence Day (July 4);
140 days until Labor Day;
568 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,374 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is impeached.

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On this day in 1964, the Ford Motor Company introduced the 1965 Ford Mustang, with a list price of $2,368 (about $$18,600 today, adjusted for inflation). In its first 18 months, more than one million Mustangs were built. The car is now in its sixth generation.

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Among other things, today is also National Bat Appreciation Day.

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Florida man's struggle with massive sawfish reels in Vice President Pence.

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Some persons born on April 17 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"Successful people are very lucky. Just ask any failure."
-Michael Levine

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The six main arcs in storytelling, as identified by an A.I. And Kurt Vonnegut.

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Puppies love your baby talk, but dogs don't. When training a newborn dog, it seems that talking to them like they're babies is beneficial. Older dogs, on the other hand, did not react to that type of voice any differently than normal speech.

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You too can be like Leonardo Da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, Franz Kafka, Winston Churchill, and Thomas Edison. With polyphasic sleep, you can get by with only three hours of sleep... provided you can effectively take a half-hour nap every six hours.

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Suicide barriers are finally going up at San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge after over 1,500 deaths.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services is advising health care providers to be on alert for mumps in their patients as the state experiences a 20-year high in mumps cases.

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Robert Taylor, the innovator who shaped modern computing, dies at 85. He was instrumental in the development of the computer network which evolved into the internet, and the design of Xerox's Alto computer, the forerunner of modern personal computers.

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"We are not creating a Terminator": Russia denies risk as Putin's 'robot army' is trained to shoot guns. Please, nobody show this to Trump.

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Researchers from the University of Waterloo claim to have captured the first composite image of something that astronomers have long believed to exist but has not been directly seen and detected: dark matter.

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Scientists at MIT and UC Berkeley have created a prototype of a small, solar-powered device that pulls fresh water from the air. It only requires 20-30 percent humidity to work, making it usable even in arid areas.

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Paul quits, National Siblings Day, catfish skyfalls into Florida pool, asteroid to miss Earth, Ford develops crib that emulates a car ride.
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Published Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Apr 10 2017

Today is Monday, April 10, the 100th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 265 days remaining.

Passover begins this evening and ends Tuesday evening, April 18.

KGB Report's on spring break for the remainder of the week. See you next Monday.

There are:
4 days until Good Friday;
6 days until Easter Sunday;
7 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
8 days until Last Day of Passover;
12 days until Earth Day;
19 days until Arbor Day;
25 days until Cinco de Mayo;
34 days until Mother's Day;
47 days until the start of Ramadan;
49 days until Memorial Day;
55 days until Pentecost;
65 days until Flag Day;
69 days until Father's Day;
72 days until the Summer Solstice;
85 days until Independence Day (July 4);
575 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,381 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is impeached.

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On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles. He filed suit for the band's formal dissolution on December 31, 1970. More legal disputes followed as McCartney's attorneys, his in-laws John and Lee Eastman, fought Lennon's, Harrison's, and Starr's business manager, Allen Klein, over royalties and creative control. An English court legally dissolved the Beatles on January 9, 1975, though sporadic lawsuits against their record company EMI, Klein, and each other persisted until 1989.

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Among other things, today is also National Siblings Day honoring the relationships of siblings. Unlike Mother's Day and Father's Day, it is not federally recognized, though the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this. Since 1998, the governors of 49 states have officially issued proclamations to recognize Siblings Day in their state.

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Catfish falls out of the sky, lands in Florida couple's pool.

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Some persons born on April 10 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"No good deed goes unpunished."
-Clare Booth Luce

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Fortunately not falling from the sky will be a big asteroid that will sweep past Earth on April 19, 2017. It'll come so close- and it's known so far in advance- that scientists will be able to study the space rock using both radar and optical observations. The flyby should also be visible in amateur telescopes.

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Octopuses and squids can rewrite their RNA. Is that why they're so smart? "Of all the branches of life you have two that have real behavioral complexity. There are vertebrates, such as birds and mammals, and there are cephalopods. And that's it." (It's been more than 500 million years since the last common ancestor of humans and octopuses.)

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Dallas officials blame computer hacking for setting off emergency sirens throughout the city early Saturday. Rocky Vaz, director of Dallas' Office of Emergency Management, said that all 156 of the city's sirens were activated more than a dozen times. Officials don't know who was responsible for the hacking, but Vaz said "with a good deal of confidence that this was someone outside our system" and in the Dallas area. Which begs the question- why would you design a system that communicates in such a way that it can be hacked? You'd think public safety infrastructure would be "air-gapped"- isolated from access via the Internet or similar means.

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Ford has designed a crib that simulates a car ride, helpful in keeping a baby quiet, and keeping sleep-deprived adults off the highways.

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Google says its custom machine learning chips are often 15 to 30 times faster than standard GPUs and CPUs. Google calls them "Tensor Processing Units." How about SkyNet?

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It's one thing to find a bug in your pre-packaged salad. But a bat?

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Infection with a retrovirus, a common but otherwise harmless virus, can trigger the immune system response to gluten that leads to celiac disease, according to new research from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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WW I, Twinkie Day, bridge-jumping twice-tased sausage lover, blowing up the Moon, revenge porn, black hole photos (unrelated)
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Published Thursday, April 06, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Apr 06 2017

Today is Thursday, April 6, the 96th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 269 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until Palm Sunday;
4 days until First Day of Passover;
8 days until Good Friday;
10 days until Easter Sunday;
11 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
12 days until Last Day of Passover;
16 days until Earth Day;
23 days until Arbor Day;
29 days until Cinco de Mayo;
38 days until Mother's Day;
52 days until Memorial Day;
589 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,386 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he doesn't resign or is impeached.

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The Zimmermann Telegram

On this day in 1917, the United States entered World War I following Germany's resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare and publication of the "Zimmermann Telegram," in which the German Foreign Minister invited Mexico to join the war as Germany's ally against the United States. In return, the Germans would finance Mexico's war and help it recover the territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The United Kingdom intercepted the message and presented it to the US embassy in the UK. From there it made its way to President Wilson who released the Zimmermann note to the public, and Americans saw it as casus belli. Wilson called on antiwar elements to end all wars, by winning this one and eliminating militarism from the globe.

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Among other things, today is also National Hostess Twinkie Day. Twinkies were invented in Schiller Park, Illinois on April 6, 1930, by James Alexander Dewar, a baker for the Continental Baking Company. Realizing that several machines used to make cream-filled strawberry shortcake sat idle when strawberries were out of season, Dewar conceived a snack cake filled with banana cream, which he dubbed the Twinkie. Ritchy Koph said he came up with the name when he saw a billboard in St. Louis for "Twinkle Toe Shoes". During World War II, bananas were rationed and the company was forced to switch to vanilla cream, which has remained the basic filling for the confection.

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Florida man steals Publix sausage, jumps off bridge to avoid arrest. Subsequently, he had to be tased twice in order to be captured. Must bave been good sausage.

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Some persons born on April 6 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"If you think you're enlightened, go spend a week with your family."
-Ram Dass

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The complete list: other things Mike Pence cannot be alone in a room with...

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In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union developed secret plans for an unprovoked nuclear strike against the Moon, because the Patriarchy hates it.

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In Charlotte and other Southern cities, poor children have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket of kids anywhere in the country. Data suggests that Charlotte is a dead-end for people trying to escape poverty. Why?

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Never mind the Russians, meet the bot king who helps Trump win Twitter.

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Facebook addresses revenge porn with tech to prevent people from re-sharing intimate images.

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Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole.

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"Precision psychiatry...." Treating depression is guesswork. Brain scans and machine learning programs are paving the way for a breakthrough.

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Have a great weekend! See you Monday...

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Planned Parenthood, First Contact, WW III, nude Florida wine drinking, get a second opinion, geological Brexit, bailing on Bill
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Published Wednesday, April 05, 2017 @ 3:47 AM EDT
Apr 05 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 5, the 95th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 270 days remaining.

There are:
4 days until Palm Sunday;
5 days until First Day of Passover;
9 days until Good Friday;
11 days until Easter Sunday;
12 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
13 days until Last Day of Passover;
17 days until Earth Day;
24 days until Arbor Day;
30 days until Cinco de Mayo;
39 days until Mother's Day;
53 days until Memorial Day;
590 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,387 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1922, The American Birth Control League (ABCL) was incorporated. Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1921 at the First American Birth Control Conference in New York City, the organization promoted the founding of birth control clinics and encouraged women to control their own fertility. In 1942, the league became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Among other things, today is also First Contact Day. In Star Trek future history, it's the date in 2063 when Zefram Cochrane made the first warp one spaceship flight, and the first official contact between humans and Vulcans. (Unfortunately, between now and then is a conflict called World War III.) Incidentally, Zefram Cochrane's favorite food was (wiil be?) cheese pierogies.


Scene from "Star Trek: First Contact" © 1996, Paramount Pictures Corp.

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Naked Florida man enjoys bottle of wine in his driveway, gets arrested.

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Some persons born on April 5 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a multipartisan thing."
-Karl Lehenbauer

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As noted above, between now and First Contact, we have to contend with World War III. Here's how it starts.

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Payless will close 400 stores as it files for bankruptcy protection. I recall buying a pair of shoes at one of their Chicago stores and walking back to my apartment in the rain. The soles fell off when I tried wearing them the next day.

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57-year-old Wisconsin mother charged with running major opioid ring from her kitchen. Informants said she used profits from her operation to help feed her 31-year-old son's heroin addiction.

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Get a second opinion- doctors usually aren't right the first time. researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that 88% of the time, a patient’s original diagnosis changed at least slightly when a second medical professional read her chart.

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The original Brexit: How tremendous ice age waterfalls cut off Britain from Europe. The white cliffs of Dover once extended all the way to France. Then a large glacial lake started overflowing.

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Read what Bill O'Reilly's sponsors are saying about 'disturbing allegations' of harassment. Advertisers yanking their commercials include BMW, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Constant Contact, Credit Karma, Bayer, TrueCar, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, UNTUCKit, Allstate, T. Rowe Price, Wayfair, Orkin, Society for Human Resource Management, The Wonderful Company, and Coldwell Banker.

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Trump's budget disproportionately harms the rural areas and small towns that were key to his unexpected win... buy they're willing to trust him. Best case scenario, these folks finally learn the folly of voting against their self-interest. In reality, the draconian cuts likely won't make it through Congress.

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MLK, RFK, National Tell a Lie Day, cyborgs, send your mama to Mars, badgers, Trump forgets, Android beats Windows
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Published Tuesday, April 04, 2017 @ 1:42 AM EDT
Apr 04 2017

Today is Tuesday, April 4, the 94th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 271 days remaining.

There are:
5 days until Palm Sunday;
6 days until First Day of Passover;
10 days until Good Friday;
12 days until Easter Sunday;
13 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
14 days until Last Day of Passover;
18 days until Earth Day;
25 days until Arbor Day;
31 days until Cinco de Mayo;
40 days until Mother's Day;
54 days until Memorial Day;
591 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,388 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.

Robert F. Kennedy's impromptu speech on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. The speech has been listed as one of the greatest in American history, ranked 17th by communications scholars in a survey of 20th century American speeches. Former U.S. Congressman and media host Joe Scarborough said that it was Kennedy's greatest speech, and was what prompted Scarborough into entering into public service. Journalist Joe Klein has called it "politics in its grandest form and highest purpose" and said that it "marked the end of an era" before American political life was taken over by consultants and pollsters.

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Among other things, today is also National Tell A Lie Day, or as the Trump administration calls it, Tuesday.

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Florida woman with condom tells cop to 'try this on for size.' In essence, a Florida woman was arrested for trying to protect a deputy.

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Some persons born on April 4 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"Man has made use of his intelligence; he invented stupidity."
-Remy de Gourmont

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Cyborgs at work: employees getting implanted with microchips. "Of course, putting things into your body is quite a big step to do."

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: I'll fly to Mars with SpaceX, after Elon Musk sends his mom Yep, Tyson is one smart dude.

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Video: Badger buries cow carcass in Utah, shocks science world. It would have been even more shocking if he had used a shovel.

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Trump forgets to sign executive orders at executive order signing ceremony. As Seth Meyers observed, "Trump just wandered off like a confused bear who woke up from his hibernation too early."

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Regular aspirin use is associated with lower cancer mortality. Compared with non-regular aspirin use, overall mortality risk was 7 percent lower for women and 11 percent lower for men who regularly used aspirin. Cancer mortality risk was 7 percent lower for women and 15 percent lower for men who regularly used aspirin. The researchers observed benefits at dosages ranging from 0.5 standard aspirin tablets per week to seven aspirin tablets per week.

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Android grabs most-popular OS prize from Windows. Measurements of online activity put Android ahead of Windows for the first time; Apple's OSes place distant third.

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Mexico newspaper stops printing after reporter shot dead. A regional newspaper in Mexico says the violence against journalists and the lack of punishment for those responsible is forcing it to stop printing.

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Mountaintop, National Chocolate Mousse Day, toxic tush shots, tiny toxic fish, toxic Bill, toxic Epi-Pen
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Published Monday, April 03, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Apr 03 2017

Today is Monday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining.

There are:
6 days until Palm Sunday;
7 days until First Day of Passover;
11 days until Good Friday;
13 days until Easter Sunday;
14 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
15 days until Last Day of Passover;
19 days until Earth Day;
26 days until Arbor Day;
32 days until Cinco de Mayo;
41 days until Mother's Day;
55 days until Memorial Day;
592 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,389 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. deliverd his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. The next day, he was assassinated.

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Among other things, today is also National Chocolate Mousse Day.

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Florida woman sentenced to prison for allegedly giving toxic tush shots.

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Some persons born on April 3 who said interesting things:

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Quote of the day:

"~Goodall, Jane\Jane Goodall\|I don't have any idea of who or what God is. But I do believe in some great spiritual power. I feel it particularly when I'm out in nature. It's just something that's bigger and stronger than what I am or what anybody is. I feel it. And it's enough for me."
-Jane Goodall

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Tiny fish with a funny name could help with opioid crisis. The fang blenny's venom could provide a safer alternative to addictive drugs responsible for so many deaths.

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Study finds 'staggering' rise in mastectomies in these states."What we didn't expect was that we found the highest proportion in the Midwestern states, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado and South Dakota." Those are the states in which more than 42% of women 20 to 44 who underwent surgery between 2010 and 2012 opted to remove both breasts with a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), a procedure to remove the healthy breast along with the affected breast.

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"Bill O'Reilly: an awful, awful man." The New York Times reported on Saturday that about $13 million has been dished out over the years- by O’Reilly and his employer- to resolve complaints from women regarding O'Reilly's antics

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SpaceX to launch "silliest thing we can imagine" on debut Falcon Heavy. To save funds, the company plans to employ two used Falcon 9 cores as side boosters.

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Mylan announces nationwide EpiPen recall over potential defect. According to the company, some of the devices may have a defective part that does not allow for the activation of the injector in case of allergic reaction.

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The Republican majority in Congress is an illusion. The recriminations following the GOP’s health-care failure obscure a simple reality: The party doesn't have as much power as its leaders thought it did.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner still benefiting from business empire, filings show. They remain the beneficiaries of a sprawling real estate and investment business still worth as much as $741 million, despite their new government responsibilities, according to ethics filings released by the White House Friday night.

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Jeopardy! World Bipolar Day! Ketamine! Frogpocalypse Now! Frankie Laine! Tom Lehrer!
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Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 4:11 AM EDT
Mar 30 2017

Today is Thursday, March 30, the 89th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 276 days remaining.

There are:
2 days until April Fools' Day;
10 days until Palm Sunday;
11 days until First Day of Passover;
15 days until Good Friday;
17 days until Easter Sunday;
18 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
19 days until Last Day of Passover;
23 days until Earth Day;
30 days until Arbor Day;
36 days until Cinco de Mayo;
45 days until Mother's Day;
59 days until Memorial Day;
596 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,393 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 TV game show "Jeopardy!" premiered on NBC. Its original incarnation on network television ran until January 3, 1975. The current version, a daily syndicated show produced by Sony Pictures Television, premiered on September 10, 1984, and is still airing, making it by far the program's most successful incarnation.

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Among other things, today is also World Bipolar Day..

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Frogpocalypse Now. In South Florida, cane toads are so numerous that they seem to be dropping from the sky. They're overtaking parking lots and backyards, can weigh almost six pounds, and pack enough poison to kill pets.

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Some persons born on March 30 who said interesting things:

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Today is also the birthday of Frankie Laine (1913-2007), an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned 75 years. He sang well-known theme songs for many movie Western soundtracks, including 3:10 To Yuma, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and Blazing Saddles, although he was not a country & western singer. Laine performed at three Academy Awards ceremonies: 1950 (Mule Train), 1960 (The Hanging Tree), and 1975 (Blazing Saddles).

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Quote of the day:

"The most challenging part of being a dad is trying to postpone the moment when they realize you don't know anything."
-Paul Reiser

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Speaking of World Bipolar Day, ketamine, a powerful anesthetic used as an animal tranquilizer and an illicit club drug, has been receiving growing attention for its potential to treat depression. It has been shown to relieve the kind of depression that no other drugs can affect. It's lifted even suicidal depression in just hours. With studies into ketamine going on for over a decade, a recent statement from the American Psychiatric Association says there is “compelling evidence” that it works, although its effects have been described as “transient.”

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The Universe is a beer bottle left in the freezer too long.

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Why do so many Republicans believe Trump's wiretap claims?

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Tom Lehrer is not dead! He just wants you to think he is. (Lehrer will be 89 on April 9.)

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Donald Trump and the myth of the coal revival. Even Robert Murray, the C.E.O. of Murray Energy, the country's largest private coal company, recently said that coal jobs weren't going to come back in the multitudes that Trump has promised. One economist, who co-authored a study of Obama's Clean Power Plan in 2014— a study paid for by the fossil-fuel sector- said, "I think it’s a load of crap that this will do anything for the coal industry."

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one prominent CEO predicts that within the next decade, more work in fast food restaurants will be taken over by robots.

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Have a great weekend. See you next week.

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Vietnam, Manatee Day, birdhouse attack, asteroid cities, retired crayon, mass-produced artificial blood
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Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 1:51 AM EDT
Mar 29 2017

Today is Wesnesday, March 29, the 88th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 277 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until April Fools' Day;
11 days until Palm Sunday;
12 days until First Day of Passover;
16 days until Good Friday;
18 days until Easter Sunday;
19 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
20 days until Last Day of Passover;
24 days until Earth Day;
31 days until Arbor Day;
37 days until Cinco de Mayo;
46 days until Mother's Day;
60 days until Memorial Day;
597 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,393 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1973, the last United States troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Today is also Manatee Appreciation Day.

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Florida woman accused of attacking man with birdhouse.

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Some persons born on March 29 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"It's natural for humans to suppress urges, for when our desires are left unchecked they lead to broken relationships, prison time, and forest fires."
-Amy Sedaris

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How right-wing media saved Obamacare... Years of misleading coverage left viewers so misinformed that many were shocked when confronted with the actual costs of repeal. "Republicans lied about healthcare for years, and they're about to get the punishment they deserve."

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Instead of planting our buildings safely on the ground where they belong, why not strap one to a wandering asteroid and hang it over the city like a roving deathtrap of epic proportions? New York architects want to hitch a skyscraper to an asteroid and hang it over our cities. Please. I'm still waiting for my personal jet pack (which you'd need to get to and from this thing.

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Mice have been living off us even longer than dogs. They appeared around 15,000 years ago in Levant.

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Rising sea levels could decimate southern California beaches by 2100. Massive and costly interventions will be required to preserve the 310 miles of coastline that's poised to be affected.

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Crayola to retire color from 24-count crayon box for first time ever

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Researchers discover how to mass produce artificial blood. Researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and NHS Blood and Transplant have discovered a way to mass-produce red blood cells in the lab, which could potentially allow hospitals and clinics to have an unlimited supply of blood donations.

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