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Published Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 26 2017

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Today is Monday, June 26, the 177th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 188 days remaining. This is the 158th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,304 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 1974, the Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

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

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WATCH: Gator goes after Florida man trying to take picture. You don't mess with Mama.

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Quote of the day:

"Strive for design simplicity. You never have to fix anything you leave out."
-William P. Lear (June 26, 1902 - May 14, 1978)
(Inventor of the LearJet and the eight track audio tape system.)
(More William P. Lear quotes)

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Big stories:
Senate Republicans reluctant to rush vote on healthcare bill.
Kushner firm's $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day.
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault.

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The Supreme Court's term ends today, and rumors about Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring has Washington on edge. Or not: No, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Is not retiring. (Above The Law)

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Kellyanne Conway defends Medicaid cuts, says adults can always find jobs. Among the able-bodied adults that Conway and congressional Republicans have in mind- that is, non-elderly adults on Medicaid who don't qualify for disability benefits- 79 percent are in families where someone works and 59 percent have jobs themselves, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (Huffington Post)

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Spot the flaw in a politician's argument with this guide to logical fallacies. (Lifehacker)

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Amazon's idea for a massive drone dock looks like a cross between a beehive and a spaceship. (Recode)

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Three lifestyle changes that may help guard against dementia. Surprisingly, avoiding cable news isn't one of them. (CBS News)

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Oklahoma doctor charged in overdose deaths of five patients. Osteopathic physician accused of prescribing controlled dangerous substances to patients without a legitimate medical need and in quantities and circumstances that disregarded human life. (newsok.com)

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Fish as medicine for rheumatoid arthritis. Eating fish may help reduce the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has found. (New York Times)

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Why a pro-life world has a lot of dead women in it. "Stop calling anti-abortion activists 'pro-life.' They're not." (Harper's Bazaar)

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What Jews of color hear when you say Gal Gadot isn't white. (foward.com)

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Google purges private medical records from search. Google might have begun working on the category's addition after an unfortunate event in December that exposed the sensitive medical condition of a massive number of people. An Indian pathology lab mistakenly uploaded 43,000 patients' blood tests, including their names and corresponding HIV test results. Google, doing what Google does best, indexed them all. This new policy could prevent mishaps like that from affecting people's lives, especially if they have a condition they only want close friends and family to know. (Engadget)

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Mars-sized object could be perturbing the Kuiper Belt. You won't like it when it's perturbed. (The Space Reporter)

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Extreme heat waves will change how we live. We're not ready. "We've built entire infrastructures with particular temperatures in mind. When temperatures get really high, we don't have the material capacity to deal with that." (Time)

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Spicy food really does keep you cooler in the summer. And stinkier. (Quartz)

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NASA just debunked Gwyneth Paltrow's latest snake oil. Goop tried to use space science to sell bogus stickers. NASA wasn't having it. (Vox)

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Remember all those reports last week about coconut oil is bad for you? Never mind. (Gizmodo) But, be aware that your drink might be making your allergies worse. (Lifehacker)

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Your sweat can now power a radio. (Axios)

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SpaceX nails second launch in three days. (space.com)

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Ten things we didn't know last week. (BBC News)

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Don't do the crime if you're anywhere near modern technology. Smart devices can testify against you. (The Guardian)

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Get cancer now, before Congress cuts your insurance. President Trump has portrayed Obamacare as a cesspool. The problem was never Obamacare. It was uninsured America- people who had been cut out of the system, but who were nonetheless pushing us toward collective bankruptcy. Obamacare just cleaned the water enough for us to finally see the time bomb in the depths. (New York Times)

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Vladimir Putin gave direct instructions to help elect Trump, report says. (CBS)

President Trump's Lies, the Definitive List. At least as of last Wednesday. "There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president- of either party- has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant." (New York Times)

Watergate lawyer: I witnessed Nixon's downfall—and I've got a warning for Trump. Richard Ben-Veniste on the uncanny parallels between the scandal he investigated and the controversy over the White House's alleged links to Russia. (The Atlantic)

Could Trump's White House tapes ruse actually get him in legal trouble? (Washington Post)

Trump's jobs plan is cynical BS and fairy dust. (Vice)

Trump confirms he called health care bill 'mean'. (CNN)

To the credulous goes the nation. How can you still doubt Trump's intelligence? (Washington Post)

What happens when a presidency loses its legitimacy? Mounting evidence that Trump's election was aided by Russian interference presents a challenge to the American system of government- with lasting consequences for democracy. (The Atlantic)

Trumps attend Steve Mnuchin's wedding, officiated by Mike Pence. (Vanity Fair).

Make America spell again? 25 of Donald Trump's Twitter spelling errors. (Newsweek)

I found Trump's diary—hiding in plain sight. Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump's Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don't want to lose it. (Politico)

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River fire, onion rings, Florida cannibals, potty-trained newborns, rodents, ticks, virgin olive oil, caterpillar-based vaccines...
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Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 22 2017

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Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. This is the 154th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,308 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 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Between the years 1868 and 1969,
the Cuyahoga River caught fire 12 times.

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Among other things, today is also National Onion Ring(s) Day.

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Florida man jailed after claiming cannibals wanted to eat his intestines.

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Quote of the day:

"But probably that's the way of the world- when we have finally learned something we're too old to apply it- and so it goes, wave after wave, generation after generation. No one learns anything at all from anyone else."
-Erich Maria Remarque (June 22, 1898 - September 25, 1970)
(More Erich Maria Remarque quotes)

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Big stories:
Senate Republicans set to release health-care bill, but divisions remain;
One of Iraq's most famous landmarks, a mosque in Mosul, was destroyed. Iraq said ISIS did it, but the militants blamed a U.S. air strike;
Uber shakeups continue as investor Bill Gurley said to be leaving board
Republicans are thrilled by their victory in Georgia, but the celebration may be brief.

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First-of-its-kind clean coal plant may not burn coal at all. After years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, Mississippi regulators on Wednesday called on Southern to work up a deal that would have the plant fueled only by gas.

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Older dads have geeky sons with higher IQs. I was only 21 when my son was born, but he seemed sufficiently geeky to me. Maybe it was the environment...

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Physician couple toilet-trains newborn, skips diapers. All you have to do is "tune into a baby’s cues and natural rhythms and bring the child to a toilet when it seems like the right time." Of course.

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Spillover beasts: which animals pose the biggest viral risk? Hint: don't snuggle with rodents.

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Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer's, preserves memory, new study shows.

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Really? Vaccines can be blamed for any illness, even with lack of evidence, says EU court. EU's highest court ruled that if a person receiving the vaccine was well before or did not have a personal or family history of the disease and if significant number of similar cases of the disease is reported among people receiving a certain vaccine, the vaccine may be considered as a culprit. And on the subject of vaccines, Caterpillar-grown flu vaccine protects better than egg-incubated vaccine. The only thing that sprung to my mind was Mothra.

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Oh, lovely: the tick that gives people meat allergies is spreading.

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Czech scientists see growing risk of asteroid hitting Earth. The astronomers... drew their conclusion after analysing 144 bolides- large meteors that explode in the atmosphere- from the Taurids and detecting a new branch with at least two asteroids measuring 200-300 metres (220-330 yards) in diameter. Also see here.

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Two Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says.

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Hillary Clinton is under investigation AGAIN for her handling of government emails and the former Secretary of State and her aides could have their security clearances revoked.

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Oops. the US Geological Survey sent out an alert that a magnitude-6.8 earthquake had struck 10 miles west of Santa Barbara, California on Wednesday. "They clicked the wrong button," said Justin Pressfield, a spokesman for the agency. "It was human error and software."

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How an entire nation became Russia's test lab for cyberwar. Sounds sort of like the film Live Free or Die Hard, which was based on this 1997 Wired essay.

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The architect of the radical right. How the Nobel Prize–winning economist James M. Buchanan shaped today’s anti-government politics.

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The eerie alignment of ancient giant galaxies. New research using Hubble shows these massive, bright objects aligned with their surroundings as far back as 10 billion years ago.

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"This bill is half as good as The Mummy"

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

President Trump might be forced to testify under oath about Trump University after all, because the U.S. Supreme Court has held that even sitting presidents are not immune from civil law suits.

Trump turns an Iowa rally into a venting session.

Congressional Black Caucus rejects invitation to meet with Trump because concerns discussed during a preliminary meeting with Mr. Trump on March 22 "fell on deaf ears."

New U.S. Cuba policy is unpopular, just like President Trump.

President Trump may reveal this week whether secret tapes exist.

Queen Elizabeth neglects to mention president Trump's planned visit- does that mean it's off?

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That's it for this week. See you Monday.

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Solstice, Humanists, Sartre, puppies, lyme disease, Vitamin D, sunscreen, heat waves
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Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 21 2017

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Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. This is the 153rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,309 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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The Solstice occurs today at 4:24 UT.

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On this day in 1964, Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner, were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

On this day in 2005, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in their deaths, 41 years to the day earlier. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He appealed the verdict, but the sentence was upheld on January 12, 2007, by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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Among other things, today is also World Humanist Day.

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Florida woman buries father in yard, collects his Social Security benefits, officials say.

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Quote of the day:

"Hell is other people."
-Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 - April 15, 1980)
(More Jean-Paul Sartre quotes)

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Big stories:
Michael Flynn was present for weeks of daily C.I.A. briefings, despite widespread agency concerns that he was vulnerable to blackmail; Karen Handel wins Georgia special election, fending off upstart Democrat; Senate GOP leaders will present health bill this week, even as divisions flare; Suspect fatally shot in Brussels Central Station terror attack.

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Marital strain? Try puppy pictures for a better relationship. According to a study from a university in... Florida. Of course.

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Unproven treatments for 'Chronic Lyme Disease' lead to severe infections. Patients took prolonged courses of antibiotics for months or even years.

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More people are taking Vitamin D than ever. Here's why that might be risky. More than 18% of the population gets excess vitamin D—and more than 3% takes doses so high they could be dangerous.

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Google's new job search pulls in listings from all the top sites. he company says it’s using machine learning to help organize listings from different sources.

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Hawking urges multi-national Moon landing by 2020 to 'elevate humanity'. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years' time and send people to Mars by 2025.

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Alex Jones' former wife says 'He looked like a moron' during Megyn Kelly interview. Related: Fox says Megyn Kelly NOT welcome back. It's like being told you can never eat rutabagas again.

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Think you're out of the loop? GOP health bill kept secret from Senators assigned to write it.

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How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill. The racket of "convenience drugs."

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How sunscreen SPF is measured. Science? Nope. They cook fair-skinned people in the sun. And speaking of sunscreen: Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline.

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Who really needs to be gluten-free? Probably not you.

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Italian farm acts as a lab to find out if animals can predict earthquakes. It looks like they can.

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Ether threatens Bitcoin. With recent price increases, the outstanding units of the Ether currency were worth around $34 billion as of Monday- or 82 percent as much as all the Bitcoin in existence. At the beginning of the year, Ether was only about five percent as valuable as Bitcoin.

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Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network.

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There'll be a quiz later. Why Phoenix's airplanes can't take off in extreme heat. Also, the science behind Arizona's record-setting heat wave.

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Scientists say the possible benefits in most uses of triclosan and triclocarban- used in some soaps, toothpastes, detergents, paints, carpets- are not worth the risk. The statement, published today in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, urges “the international community to limit the production and use of triclosan and triclocarban and to question the use of other antimicrobials.

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Dogs... so nice we domesticated them twice.

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Trove of new horror species discovered in Australian abyss. A month-long expedition off Australia's coast has returned with a whole new collection of abyssal beasts.

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European scientists are ready to test a vaccine that lowers bad cholesterol. "the AT04A vaccine, when injected under the skin in mice that have been fed fatty, Western-style food in order to induce high cholesterol and the development of atherosclerosis, reduced the total amount of cholesterol by 53%, shrank atherosclerotic damage to blood vessels by 64%, and reduced biological markers of blood vessel inflammation by 21-28%, compared to unvaccinated mice."

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The symptoms of dying... the hours before death are similar across the vast majority of human afflictions.

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A huge collection of Nazi artifacts was discovered hidden behind a bookcase in Argentina.

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Your car thermometer isn't accurate. It also isn't a thermometer.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Radio host quits after he's told to be nicer to Trump.

Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions.

Judge won't make Trump University settlement objector post large bond. A woman objecting to the $25 million settlement of fraud claims over the Trump University real estate program will not be required to post a nearly $150,000 bond in order to pursue an appeal that could allow her to bail out of the deal.

Trump's FBI director nominee Christopher Wray removed a reference to a case involving Russia from his bio.

The obscure clause challenging Donald Trump.

Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, lawyers up.

Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing.

Sean Spicer doing fewer TV briefings because he 'got fatter' says Steve Bannon.

Meet Andrew Weissmann, the prosecutor Trumpworld fears and loathes.

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Jaws, Vanilla Milkshake Day, Megyn flops, 10 new planets, power causes brain damage
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Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 12:51 AM EDT
Jun 20 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 194 days remaining. This is the 152nd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,310 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 1975, the motion picture Jaws was released nationally on 450 screens. Jaws became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars (1977). It won several awards for its soundtrack and editing. Along with Star Wars, Jaws was pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model, which revolves around high box-office returns from action and adventure pictures with simple "high-concept" premises that are released during the summer in thousands of theaters and supported by heavy advertising.

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Among other things, today is also National Vanilla Milkshake Day.

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Florida woman accused of stealing city money to get a butt lift.

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Quote of the day:

"Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America."
-Lillian Hellman (June 20, 1905 - June 30, 1984)
(More Lillian Hellman quotes)

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Big stories:
Otto Warmbier dies after return from North Korea; Senate Democrats try to gum up works over Affordable Care Act repeal; Russia warns U.S. after downing of Syrian warplane.

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Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview had lower ratings than a game-show rerun. Kelly's show was not only beaten out by an ABC rerun of "America's Funniest Home Videos" that attracted 3.7 million viewers, but also by a CBS rerun of "60 Minutes" watched by 5.3 million viewers, and Fox's U.S. Golf Open Championship coverage that received 6.1 million viewers.

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NTSB releases details of fatal Tesla Model S crash. Driver apparently ignored warnings to put his hands on the wheel.

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Elon Musk to reveal updated plans for colonizing Mars. The bad news: it won't be ready by the 2018 mid-term elections.

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19-year-olds are as inactive as 60-year-olds, study finds. Even worse, they don't get senior discounts.

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Study reveals "staggering" toll of guns on U.S. kids... nearly 1,300 children in the U.S. die in shootings each year and another 5,790 survive gunshot wounds- from handguns, rifles and shotguns- according to the study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

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If you had problems with your cell phone service on Monday, you weren't alone.

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How cats used humans to conquer the world. Originally native to the middle east, now the little buggers are everywhere.

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The iPhone is 10 years old. Here's the story of its birth. It wasn't pretty.

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Star Trek: Discovery begins September 24. I'm a bit apprehensive. The show runner, Alex Kurtzman, produced and co-wrote the first two J.J. Abrams Trek reboot movies (including the worst Trek film ever made, the execrable Star Trek: Into Darkness and directed the disaster which is Tom Cruise's The Mummy. And I'm not signing up for CBS All-Access.

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Despite a lawsuit threat, John Oliver does a number on Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp. A big number.

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GOP-hired data company leaked information on 198 million citizens. Discovered by an analyst with the cyber security company UpGuard, the data was stored on a publicly accessible Amazon server. More than a terabyte of that data was not password protected. The data included citizens' contact information, addresses, birthdays, and analyses used to predict how they felt about controversial political topics like gun control and abortion.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says carbon emissions not main driver for climate change. Remember, this is the guy who finished 12th on Dancing with the Stars.

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Smartphones made his kids 'moody' and 'withdrawn.' Now he wants to ban them for preteens. Hmph. In my day, we were moody and withdrawn without high-tech assistance.

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Three-quarters of the planet could face deadly heatwaves by 2100.

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The most amazing lie in history.

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Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples, surprising even researchers.

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Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets. Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.

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A busy day for the Supreme Court: Supreme Court agrees to hear potentially monumental political gerrymandering case. The case could dramatically impact the way states draw electoral districts. Government can't refuse disparaging trademarks. The ruling is a victory for an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, and could impact a separate dispute involving Washington's football team. The Court also struck down a North Carolina law that barred convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

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Why Brubeck's 'Take Five' owes its existence to the US State Department.

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Nine Star Trek movies are coming to Amazon Prime in July. All the pre-Abrams movies, except Nemesis.

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Chicken sandwich hitches a balloon ride to the stratosphere. KFC sends fast food where no Zinger has gone before.

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After 29 years, Chuck Shepherd retires from News of the Weird.

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Power causes brain damage. Over time, leaders lose mental capacities- most notably for reading other people- that were essential to their rise.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

At height of Russia tensions, Trump campaign chairman Manafort met with business associate from Ukraine.

What you need to know about Trump's meeting with tech CEOs.

Swell. Silicon Valley could be next target for Trump-style nationalism.

Scientists praise energy innovation office trump wants to shut down.

U.S. economy at risk from Trump's poll numbers.

Trump steaks, but for hotels. The new American Idea chain has nothing to sell but the President.

'Trump death' in Julius Caesar prompts threats to wrong theatres. You know, like how many theaters are there that have Shakespeare plays?

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Garfield, Juneteenth, 13 pound baby, quantum entanglements, you think in 11 dimensions...
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Published Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 12:17 AM EDT
Jun 19 2017

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Today is Monday, June 19, the 170th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 195 days remaining. This is the 151st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,311 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 1978, Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, made its debut.

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Among other things, today is also Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

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Florida woman breaks county record with 13 pound, five ounce baby.

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Quote of the day:

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes a day. Wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit."
-Elbert Hubbard (June 19, 1856 - May 7, 1915)
(More Elbert Hubbard quotes)

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Big stories:
Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case Ends in a Mistrial.
Finsbury Park London: Vehicle strikes and injures multiple pedestrians near mosque, police say.
The Navy has released the names of the seven sailors killed when a cargo ship collided with a destroyer. All were found in flooded berths..
Portugal forest fires: Three days of mourning for 61 victims.

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Facing Alex Jones, NBC's Megyn Kelly managed to avoid a worst-case outcome. Rather than let Jones run away with it, "Sunday Night" let him show himself to be an impertinent, ill-informed, foulmouthed, possibly deranged egomaniac with a forehead constantly beaded in sweat. It showed viewers how Infowars grew and sustains itself by peddling right-wing merchandise and Jones-endorsed dietary supplements. It looked briefly back at Jones's early days as just another cable-access kook in Austin, and revealed the flimsy, almost nonexistent definition of "research" (articles he and his staff find online) that sets the Infowars agenda. The interview is here. Frankly: meh.

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Health alert! Coconut Oil is as bad for you as beef fat and butter.

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China to launch four more probes before 2021.

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The 'Deep State' theory, explained. The best definition I heard, in relation to the Trump administration, was "the rule of law."

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How much are people making from the 'gig economy'? Not much, it turns out.

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An artificial intelligence designed by Facebook has developed its own non-human language.

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Why Amazon bought Whole Foods. Amazon needs food and urban real estate, and Whole Foods needs help.

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Southern Baptists embrace gender-inclusive language in the Bible. America's largest Protestant denomination has produced a revised translation that incorporates many features it had long condemned.

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Everything is cheap and nobody has jobs. Welcome to the future.

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Cheaper alternative to EpiPen allergy shot approved by FDA. No specifics on price. Mylan's device costs $20 to make, sells for $300.

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Amazon's move signals end of line for many cashiers. Our mental image of job-killing automation is robots in factories or warehouses. But the next jobs to disappear are probably ones that are a much bigger part of most people's daily lives: retail workers and cashiers in stores and restaurants. And then there's Just in time, Amazon patents method to prevent in-store comparison shopping. It may block access to the competitor's site, preventing customers from viewing comparable products from rivals. It might redirect the customer to Amazon's own site or to other, Amazon-approved sites. It might notify an Amazon salesperson to approach the customer. Or it might send the customer's smartphone a text message, coupon or other information designed to lure the person back into Amazon's orbit.

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Beware the collapsing social contract..

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Special Prosecutor Mueller is a political hack.

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How to browse the web and leave no trace. Unsubscribing from spam only makes it worse.

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A compiled list of collective nouns. A group of ants is called a colony. A group of aunts is called a book club.

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America has always been angry and violent. Last Wednesday's shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others has prompted much hand wringing about the state of the nation. But political violence and anger are embedded in America's DNA.

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How St. Augustine invented sex. He rescued Adam and Eve from obscurity, devised the doctrine of original sin- and the rest is sexual history.

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America's cultural divide runs deep. While rural and urban Americans share some economic challenges, they frequently diverge on questions of culture and values.

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Quantum entanglement, science's 'spookiest' phenomenon, achieved in space. Scientists beamed particles from a satellite to two locations on Earth 750 miles apart- and the particles were still mysteriously connected.

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The 11 longest-lived animals.

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Signs of the apocalypse: Ted Nugent said he'll be appearing on Bill Maher's show to discuss toning down political rhetoric.

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Bullfighter gored to death after tripping on own cape.

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Scientists say humans can think in 11 dimensions. And I can't find my car keys in any of them.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows.

Who in the White House will turn against Donald Trump? Veteran Washington reporters... have never observed this kind of anxiety, regret, and sense of imminent personal doom among White House staffers- not to this degree, anyway. These troubled aides seem to think that they can help their own standing by turning on those around them- and that by retailing information anonymously they will be able to live with themselves after serving a President who has proved so disconnected from the truth and reality.

Why Republicans won't work for the Trump administration.

Six people have resigned from Trump's HIV/AIDS advisory council because he "doesn't care".

Trump lawyer insists there is no obstruction investigation- but then hedges.

Russia renewed unused Trump trademarks in 2016.

Trump's planned EPA cuts will hit America's most vulnerable.

CEOs to Trump: You're failing.

A pro-Trump group is using Obama's voice out of context in radio ad for Georgia's special election.

Best Trump-Russia scandal jokes (so far).

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Pinatubo, National Lobster Day, mad dragons down the pants, pigeon seduction, giant flying turkeys, no soup for you.
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Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 2:37 AM EDT
Jun 15 2017

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Today is Thursday, June 15, the 166th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 199 days remaining. This is the 147th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,315 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 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. Over 800 people died.

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Among other things, today is also National Lobster Day.

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Florida man arrested after putting Mad Dragons down his pants.

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Quote of the day:

"One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it."
-Herbert Simon (June 15, 1916-February 9, 2001)
(More Herbert Simon quotes)

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The big stories: The Arlington,Virginia shooting; Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say; The London fire: what we know.

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Fox News drops 'Fair and Balanced' motto.
"Fox News is dropping it for the more accurate tag line, 'Paranoia and ads for Cialis.'-Conan O'Brien
"...for the same reason United dropped 'Fly the friendly skies.'-Seth Meyers

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Karen Pence brings 20,000 bees to the vice president's home. The Vice President isn't allowed near the hive if the queen is in residence.

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$1M in meth-laced lollipops seized in Houston. Investigators said they believe the sale of the lollipops, some bearing images of Batman and Star Wars characters, was aimed at children. Although I don't know any kids who would pay $20 to $40 for a lollipop.

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Rachel Maddow reacts to news that Alexandria shooter was a fan of hers. And here's Rolling Stone's Rachel Maddow interview.

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In the 1983 TV movie Special Bulletin, a terrorist group brings a homemade atomic bomb aboard a tugboat in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina in order to blackmail the U.S. Government into disabling its nuclear weapons, and the incident is caught live on television. Which brings us to: Port of Charleston terminal evacuated over 'potential threat'.

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In dramatic turnabout, Southern Baptists condemn white supremacy.

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No soup for you. Soupman of 'Seinfeld' Soup Nazi fame files for bankruptcy protection.

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Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer. Relax. Google already knows everything there is to know about you.

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Joel Schumacher apologizes for 'Batman & Robin'. Ok, but how about 'Phantom of the Opera'?

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The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular- yet their language is eerily religious. Why?

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James Baldwin's FBI file runs 1,884 pages. It's full of marginalia, including this, in 1964, from J. Edgar Hoover: "Isn't Baldwin a Well-Known Pervert?"

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When prayer alone does not suffice. Even as Americans keep the latest victims of a mass shooting in their thoughts, they have an obligation to figure out how to prevent any recurrence.

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How a Philly Ob-Gyn ended up delivering a baby gorilla.

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Did the sun have a twin? Scientists say yes, and it may have wiped out the dinosaurs. A new study released by researchers at UC Berkley and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory have concluded that our sun, as well as similar stars, had twins.

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I dare you not to click on "Inside the Quirky World of Competitive Pigeon Seduction". Also, "Giant flying turkeys once roamed Australia because of course they did".

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As families of the Sandy Hook victims continue to pressure NBC to ax Megyn Kelly's Sunday interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the network has been holding crisis meetings about how to handle the backlash.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc.

Even Trump's aides blame him for obstruction probe: 'President did this to himself'.

Trump huddled with donors on day of Comey testimony.

Trump predictably abandons the AHCA- and Democrats' 2018 gift comes early..

Donald Trump is now facing three emoluments lawsuits.

Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions.

Trump sells Qatar $12 billion of U.S. weapons days after accusing it of funding terrorism.

Trump tweaks travel ban timing. He modified the timing of his travel ban executive order Wednesday in an apparent bid to bolster his chances of persuading the Supreme Court to revive the embattled measure.

Trump critics are boycotting Dolce & Gabbana. The brand trolled them with $245 T-shirts.

Trump's Twitter habits have changed- in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Trump isn't being a CEO. He's just AWOL.

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Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.

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40 or so things you really need to know about. Like feline whisker fatigue.
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Jun 14 2017

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Today is Wednesday, June 14, the 165th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 200 days remaining. This is the 146th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,316 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

Today is Trump's 71st birthday. He was born on June 14, 1946.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1777, The Stars and Stripes was adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States. Today is Flag Day in the United States.

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Among other things, today is also National Strawberry Shortcake Day.

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Florida man avoids more prison time for Clinton Foundation hack attempt.

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Quote of the day:

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
-Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811-July 1, 1896)

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Why it was easier to be skinny in the 1980s. To be honest, they don't know. But a person with the same food intake and exercise level today weighs over two pounds more. I blame cable news.

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The aftermath of a deadly mushroom bloom in California. A surge of death-cap poisonings might provide the data to save future victims.

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Lee Camp: How to Write Propaganda for the NY Times. The Times pisses off left-wingers as well.

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After a relentless three-year ascent, large bellwether companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon led a two-day sell-off, prompting fears of a wider stock market retreat.

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Yahoo, one of the founding companies of the Internet era, is no more.

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Why are dogs scared of fireworks? 11 things you should know.

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Are cats smarter than dogs? Experts waffle. There's evidence they may be tastier.

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Letter shows Jeff Sessions' plan to prosecute medical marijuana providers. In a letter he wrote to Congress back in May, which was obtained by the news site MassRoots.com and published on Monday, Sessions requested that congressional leaders help him in his battle with legal cannabis by letting him essentially override state marijuana laws. Congressional leaders would do this by agreeing not to renew a current federal law, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prevents the Justice Department from interfering with medical-marijuana decisions made at the state level.

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Finally, some good news. Urban legends to the contrary, the chances of you swallowing a spider while sleeping are slim to none. But we're not completely out of the woods. According to the FDA, there is an average of 60 or more bug fragments per quarter pound of chocolate. Peanut butter has 30 or more insect fragments per quarter pound. Everything you eat likely has critter parts in it.

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JPMorgan Chase pulls Megyn Kelly ads over interview with Alex Jones. Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer, tweeted earlier on Monday that "as an advertiser, I'm repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes." Indeed, it seems nobody wants NBC to air Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview, not even Alex Jones.

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Religious liberals sat out of politics for 40 years. Now they want in the game. Faith leaders whose politics fall to the left of center are getting more involved in politics to fight against President Trump's policies.

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Russian cyber hacks on U.S. electoral system far wider than previously known. Pre-election hacking was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

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Hearing aids at the mall? Congress could make it happen. Bipartisan support for a bill that would remove the audiologist middle-man and permit over-the-counter hearing aid sales at a fraction of the cost.

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The liver: a 'blob' that runs the body. The underrated, unloved liver performs more than 300 vital functions. No wonder the ancients believed it to be the home of the human soul.

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Well, there's your problem... your kitty has "whisker fatigue."

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Senate Republicans back off proposed restrictions on media. Senate Republicans on Tuesday quickly backed away from a proposal to restrict media access in the Capitol after an angry backlash from reporters and an emergency meeting between the Senate Rules Committee and the media gallery directors.

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Reza Aslan, Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher: TV takes offense- selectively. Aslan and Griffin lost their jobs. Not so Bill Maher.

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EpiPen maker faces revolt over exec's $98 million pay package.

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A new study of wireless carriers has bad news for Verizon.

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Drug that creates a 'real sun-tan' could eliminate need for cancer-causing sun exposure.

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Swell. E-cigarettes potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes, study says. UConn researchers found that e-cigarettes loaded with a nicotine-based liquid are potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes when it comes to causing DNA damage.

Even sweller: Eight-year study finds heavy French fry eaters have 'double' the chance of death. But the researchers warn the cause of increased mortality may be the result of a whole lifestyle of choices surrounding heavy fries consumption.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc.

Jeff Sessions testifies; GOP writes secret health care bill- A Closer Look:

Other acerbic takes on Sessions' testimony:

Kindly Senators try to help confused elderly gentleman who wandered into Capitol building; Man ravaged by amnesia somehow able to hold down demanding legal job; Jeff Sessions tries to distract Senate intelligence committee by reminding them he's a racist.

The questions Sessions left unanswered. He defended himself against what he called "scurrilous and false allegations" related to Russia. But he repeatedly refused to answer senators' queries.

If you're in New York, The Daily Show's Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library opens Friday. Located at 3 West 57th Street near Fifth Avenue, a convenient stone's throw from Trump Tower, admission is free and open to the public between 11 AM-7 PM ET.

What stops Republicans from behaving rationally? Unlike Senate and House Republicans during Watergate, there are few genuine leaders of principle whose sense of propriety is offended by Trump. The moral and intellectual quality of the current crew of Republicans pales in comparison to the type of Republicans who finally told Richard Nixon the jig was up.

Trump administration grants work permits to thousands of illegal immigrants. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants have been granted work permits by the Trump administration under an Obama-era deferred-action program that President Trump had promised to end on his first day in office, according to federal data. Trump had called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program an "unconstitutional executive amnesty" during his campaign. But statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released last week showed that more than 17,000 new DACA applicants were approved for the program in the first three months of 2017.

Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea. Was he sent by Trump?

'I have no idea': The White House's spokesmen aren't speaking much these days.

Five questions about Melania Trump's move to the White House.

Broad City will bleep out Trump's name next season.

Ivanka Trump uses only the finest, most downtrodden sweatshop labor to make her clothes.

Trump is making America more hostile and mentally ill: New England Journal of Medicine study. But then again, A bad mood could be good for you.

Trump blocked veterans on Twitter after they criticized his Muslim ban.

Will Trump destroy the dollar? How a clash with the Fed could stoke inflation and destabilize the economy.

Trump administration scraps new protection for endangered whales, sea turtles.

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Trump administration says financial watchdog agency should be defanged. Surest sign the agency is effective.

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Pentagon Papers, kitchen klutzes, machete-point beer, heart vs. toes, the Covfefe Act
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Jun 13 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 13, the 164th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 201 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 145 days. There are 1,318 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 1971, The New York Times began publication of The Pentagon Papers. The papers revealed that the U.S. had secretly enlarged the scale of the Vietnam War with the bombings of nearby Cambodia and Laos, coastal raids on North Vietnam, and Marine Corps attacks, none of which were reported in the mainstream media. The papers were released by Daniel Ellsberg, who had worked on the study. Ellsberg was initially charged with conspiracy, espionage, and theft of government property, but the charges were later dropped after prosecutors investigating the Watergate Scandal discovered that the staff members in the Nixon White House had ordered the so-called White House Plumbers to engage in unlawful efforts to discredit Ellsberg.

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Among other things, today is also National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day.

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Florida man with machete orders man to steal beer.

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Quote of the day:

"Man can embody truth but he cannot know it."
-William Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865-January 28, 1939)
More quotes.

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Really smart people have had some really bizarre habits. I feel much better about myself now.

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Johnson & Johnson's Invokana prevents heart attacks but increases risks of amputated toes. For every three heart attacks, strokes, or cardiovascular deaths prevented by Invokana, there were two amputations, 71% of them of toes or the lower foot, according to the results of the 10,142-patient study, which was funded by Johnson & Johnson. It is being presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association tonight, and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Bill Cosby's defense case was roughly as long as the first commercial break on a late night talk show... about six minutes. Cosby didn't testify.

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Senate Republicans reportedly won't release the draft of their health-care bill to replace Obamacare. No hearings, either. Majority leader Mitch McConnell wants the bill passed before the July 4 recess. If it is, it'll go back to the House, where heaven knows what further indignities will be foisted upon us. It would appear that It would appear the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is in deep trouble.

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U.S. power companies warned Russian 'nightmare' cyber weapon already causing blackouts. The computer code, dubbed "CrashOverride” by Maryland-based Dragos, and "Industroyer" by ESET in Slovakia, is a genuine cyber weapon that can map out a power station’s control network and, with minimal human guidance, issue malicious commands directly to critical equipment. Only once before has the world seen malware designed for such sabotage, with the 2010 Stuxnet virus used against Iran’s nuclear program. CrashOverride is the first to target civilians and the first such malware built to target a nation’s power supply.

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Eureka? Yes, Eureka! Forget Zuckerberg.

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Fifty-five years ago this week, Rachel Carson published the first part of "Silent Spring" in The New Yorker. Carson exposed, in detail, the dangers of the pesticide DDT; her work jump-started the American environmental movement and helped bring about the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The importance of Adam West's 'Bright Knight' Batman: He helped save Batman and changed what was possible with DC Comics' Dark Knight Detective. How Adam West made peace with life and career after his iconic 'Batman' role.

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Dr. Olivia Doll sits on boards of seven international medical journals. She's also an Australian dog named Ollie. The dog's academic career was created by Professor Mike Daube from Curtin University, a public health expert in Perth. He wanted to expose the predatory practices of some scientific magazines, which charge fees and do not go through a rigorous vetting process, looking to take advantage of researchers.

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Universal mathematics: the spooky uniformity of life on Earth. We're all scaled up or scaled down versions of each other. More or less.

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Pig brain cells implanted into brains of people with Parkinson's. The hope is that compounds made by these cells will nourish the remaining dopamine-producing cells in the patients' brains, slowing further loss.

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New record set for world's fastest elevator. Chinese elevator goes up at 44.7 miles per hour (65.56 feet per second). It descends at 22 miles per hour (32 feet per second), on supposes, to prevent people from screaming.

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We need to talk about the power of AI to manipulate humans. Our tendency to become emotionally attached to chatbots could be exploited by companies seeking a profit.

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How The Intercept outed Reality Winner. Most new printers print nearly invisibly yellow dots that track down exactly when and where documents, any document, is printed. Because the NSA logs all printing jobs on its printers, it can use this to match up precisely who printed the document.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Again, the best place to go for a summary of craziness in Trumpville is Late Night with Seth Meyers:

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc.

Trump lawyer won't rule out firing special counsel in Russia probe..

Attorney General Sessions to talk publicly to U.S. Senate panel. Sessions will likely face tough questions at the open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing over his dealings with Russian officials during the campaign and whether he had a role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump hotels not tracking foreign cash despite Trump promise.

D.C., Maryland to sue President Donald Trump alleging breach of constitutional oath. The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president.

President Trump held a Cabinet meeting, and it was weird. Unqualified (and unearned) praise for Trump. This is probably what a North Korean cabinet meeting is like.

The Ninth Circuit deals Trump travel ban another defeat and cites his Twitter comments. You'd think he'd learn to dummy up by now. Looks like the next stop is the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump, Jr. appears to corroborate Comey's version of the Oval Office meeting with Trump. Junior tells Fox News Dad did tell Comey to let Flynn off the hook.

The Covfefe Act has a silly name- but it addresses a real quandary. The bill amends the Presidential Records Act to include the term "social media" among the materials that are documented, "ensuring additional preservation of presidential communication and statements while promoting government accountability and transparency." Which means... Trump can't delete his tweets?

Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House. The president has threatened to oust his chief of staff if major changes are not made, but many are skeptical he'll follow through.

Trump-like 'Julius Caesar' assassinated in New York play. Delta, Bank of America pull funding. Frankly, I think the actor looks more like Conan O'Brien. The play "takes onstage Trump-trolling to a startling new level," said a New York Times review entitled "Can Trump Survive in Caesar's Palace?" The New Yorker offered this defense. And nobody seemed upset about a 2012 Obama-themed version.

Expect comedian Roseanne Barr to tackle Donald Trump and the current reality of ordinary Americans when a revival of her popular family sitcom debuts on ABC mid-season. Unless they do it live, I don't see how a scripted/recorded series can possibly try to stay current with the events in Trump land. I know stuff I publish at midnight is often outdated before it hits the website or email boxes of subscribers. The eight-episode revival will ignore the fact they killed off John Goodman's character in the original series.

Trump faces 'put up or shut up' moment over possible secret tapes.

So long, Trump Tower. First lady Melania Trump and son Barron moved into White House. And they look thrilled.

Trump's deputy press secretary tweeted pure gibberish. The world was ready.

Multiple transit projects across U.S. at risk as White House infrastructure plan falters. Here in Pittsburgh, the Transportation Department tells us we're out of luck. More than 50 projects across the country could be affected.

Trump is likely to get much, much worse. Here are a few big things to watch for.

CNN canceled Reza Aslan's show "Believer" after profane anti-Trump tweets. Aslan has been a virulent critic of Trump for some time, but this particular tweet crossed a line in the minds of some media critics. Prominent conservatives weighed in and said they wanted Aslan to be fired. He had called the Trump "a piece of," er, excrement.

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Loving, peanut butter cookie day, Hooters 911, K9 influenza, dead ducks in DC, poisons for murder and suicide, 10 things we didn't know, Trump Dump
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Jun 12 2017

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Today is Monday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 202 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 144 days. There are 1,319 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 1967, The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. Although not a national holiday, Loving Day, observed on June 12 each year, is the biggest multiracial celebration in the United States.

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Among other things, today is also National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.

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Florida man called 911 to get a ride to Hooters.

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Quote of the day:

"I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out."
-Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-February or March 1945)

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Conspiracy theorists worried about Rachel Maddow's recent illness... “To think she is on the Kremlin’s radar is not absurd,” DailyKos blogger LibbyD observed. “Her journalism is remarkable and I think she’s getting closer and closer to the truth. We all know what Putin does to his critics and opposition leaders. Will he go as far to do something to Rachel?”

At the very least, MSNBC should spring for a food taster. If anything happened to her, my mother would be crushed.

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The canine influenza virus (H3N2) that hit Chicago in 2015 appears to be resurfacing in the southeast U.S. Jerry Klein, DVM, chief veterinary officer at the America Kennel Club (AKC), believes the southeast outbreak began at dog shows in Perry, Georgia, and DeLand, Florida. (Veterinary Practice News)

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Nicholas Meyer, one of the most respected creators in Star Trek franchise history (Star Trek II, IV, and VI), is dropping hints that he's involved in an as of yet unannounced Star Trek project. (comicbook.com)

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Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders flirted with the boundaries of this rule during a confirmation hearing for Russell Vought, President Trump's nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget: Bernie Sanders' religious test for Christians in public office. (The Atlantic)

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One of those things you stumble upon which makes you wonder why someone thought it would make a good idea for an article: seven major poisons for murders and suicides. Related trivia: a person weighing 150 pounds would have to chew 143 apple seeds to die from cyanide poisoning. (You have to chew... swallowed whole, they just pass through the digestive tract.) (thoughtco.com)

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A new study says eating late at night could be more dangerous than you think. You know, according to all of these studies, I died in 1986. (Big Think)

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Humans are way better at detecting and avoiding sick people than previously thought. So good, in fact, that our brains can detect disease in others before it even breaks out. (Big Think)

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Ten things we didn't know last week, including Barack Obama wore the same dinner jacket and shoes for eight years, your printer might be adding a secret code to all your documents, and there's a schoolboy with a higher IQ than Stephen Hawking. (BBC)

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Chimpanzees do not have human rights. Previous courts have determined that chimpanzees could not be granted legal rights because they're unable to bear "legal responsibilities and societal duties." I can think of a number of elected officials who also fail to pass that test. (Washington Post)

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The Navy has been in a long budgetary downward spiral since the Cold War ended. Back then, the Navy had just over 500 ships. Since then the fleet has dropped to 275 ships. And the number of ships that are available to deploy in a combat ready status has dropped to embarrassing lows, putting into question its ability to perform its central missions without further straining material and crews. Shipboard maintenance has been backlogged and ships that should be out to sea are instead sitting pierside, making the 275-ship number much, much smaller in an operational sense. Which is why the Navy is screwed in the new defense budget. (jalopnik.com)

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The National Park Service will drain the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool after approximately 80 ducklings were found dead, including 53 in one day. The culprit is a parasite that grows in snails that live in the pool. Humans who come in contact with the parasite could develop cercarial dermatitis, better known as "swimmer's itch." It's not contagious and rarely requires medical treatment, but it's uncomfortable. Crews will refill the pool next Friday and things should be back to normal the following week. And no, this does not count as "draining the swamp."

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Trump Dump:

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc. And Slate analyzes How Trump wins Twitter.

Trump crashes New Jersey wedding reception. The White House has been largely silent about the President's weekend activities in Bedminster. Members of the traveling press corps, which did not have access to the club, learned of the wedding visit when images started to appear on social media. (CNN)

Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold. Theresa May told he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests.

Naomi Klein: 'Trump is an idiot, but don't underestimate how good he is at that'. (The Guardian)

Calling Comey a liar, Trump says he will testify under oath. The sort of reinforces the idea that Trump does not have recordings of his meeting with the fired FBI-director. Their meeting didn't take place in the Oval Office, and it's unlikely any other parts of the executive mansion are bugged. Of course, Trump could have recorded the meeting on his smartphone, but it's common knowledge the only app he has installed is Twitter. (New York Times)

Trump's lawyer in Russia probe has clients with Kremlin ties. (Washington Post)

The Senate Republican calling 'nonsense' on President Trump. Standing up for Democrats, Charles Grassley is challenging the administration's policy of ignoring most oversight demands from Congress. (The Atlantic)

Were James Comey's leaks lawful? Yes. The vast majority of anonymous leaks are fully legal, many serve the public interest, they follow in a tradition widely practiced by our nation's Founding Fathers, and they are recognized as fully protected speech by the U.S. Supreme Court. (Washington Post)

ABC, CBS, NBC pull big TV ratings from Comey testimony, while BBC leads Facebook Live numbers. According to the Washington Post, the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954, Watergate hearings in 1973, Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 and Clinton impeachment hearings in 1998 were the only previous Congressional hearings to be aired live on broadcast television. (FierceCable)

Preet Bharara says Trump tried to build relationship before firing him. Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, said the contacts with Mr. Trump made him increasingly uncomfortable because they broke with longstanding Justice Department rules on communicating with the White House. (New York Times)

The leak is coming from inside the White House!Kellyanne Conway is caught mocking Trump staffers including Reince Priebus at DC party- as someone sets up a Twitter account to live-tweet it. (Daily Mail)

Better get a fresh cup of coffee. Here's a comprehensive listing of Trump lies. (Toronto Star)

Old, but relevant... Trump lies 30 times in 170 page transcribed deposition. (Washington Post)

One Journal Square, the Jersey City skyscraper that White House adviser Jared Kushner's family marketed to wealthy Chinese investors as a way to get U.S. visas, will probably need more money: WNYC reports, "A $6.5 million annual tax credit attached to its erstwhile anchor tenant, WeWork, is about to be revoked." (Gothamist)

There's actually much more, but it's Monday morning, for heaven's sake...

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1776, National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, remembering Dorothy Parker...
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Published Wednesday, June 07, 2017 @ 2:21 PM EDT
Jun 07 2017

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Today is Wednesday, June 7, the 158th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 207 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 139 days. There are 1,324 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 1776, Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the United States Declaration of Independence.

From the musical 1776: Richard Henry Lee sets off to Virginia to obtain the Lee Resolution.

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Among other things, today is also National Chocolate Ice Cream Day.

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Watch: Florida man stuffs 15 bottles of motor oil, 30 DVDs into pants.

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Quote of the day:

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."
-Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 - May 8, 1903)
More quotes.

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Today is also the fiftieth anniversary of the death of writer and wit Dorothy Parker. Here's her New York Times obit, and a collection of her quotations.

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Sorry for the late, abbreviated edition; some unexpected scheduling conflicts and commitments have arisen. See you on Monday.

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Are Pets the New Probiotic? Epidemiological studies show that children who grow up in households with dogs have a lower risk for developing autoimmune illnesses like asthma and allergies- and it may be a result of the diversity of microbes that these animals bring inside our homes.

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A new study suggests that even moderate drinking may not be great for your brain.

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New confirmation of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Thanks, Al. It's nice to know there are some things on which one can depend.

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Verizon is forced to fix 15,000 "double poles" and other problems in Pennsylvania. The settlement of the union's complaint "will require the company to repair and replace bad cable, defective equipment, faulty back-up batteries, and to take down 15,000 double telephone poles," the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said.

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Reality returns to Kansas: Kansas Republicans raise taxes, ending their GOP governor's 'real live experiment' in conservative policy. Kansas' legislature is overwhelmingly Republican, but moderate GOP lawmakers joined with Democrats, overriding Brownback's veto of a bill they'd already passed once that would raise taxes again by $600 million a year. Eighteen of the state's 31 GOP senators and 49 of the 85 Republican members of the House voted against the governor.

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The Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris: We have our own climate deal. "Though separated by an ocean and a language, we share a desire to do what is best for our citizens and our planet. That means putting aside parochial politics and embracing the global challenge of fighting climate change. In doing so, we can create a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous world for Parisians, Pittsburghers and everyone else on the planet."

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Trump Dump:

Comey to tell Senators Trump pressured him to say he was not under investigation. The former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, plans to testify on Thursday that President Trump repeatedly pressured him to publicly announce that he was not personally under federal investigation in connection with the Justice Department inquiry into Russian meddling in last year’s election.

Plenty of nothin': Intelligence chiefs testifying at a Senate hearing said they would not discuss their private conversations with President Donald Trump.

Some of America's top law firms don't want Donald Trump as a client. One of the most common reasons cited was the belief that Trump would not accept his lawyers' advice and could send out tweets or other public utterances that would undercut his legal teams' efforts. That, and the fact he's a well-known deadbeat.

How Donald Trump shifted kids-cancer charity money into his business. In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it's clear that the course wasn't free--that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.

Eric Trump: Democrats in Washington are 'not even people'.

Trump's solar-powered border wall is more than a troll. Despite the president's insistence on getting credit, this is not the first time someone has suggested swaddling the wall in solar panels. During the government's call for proposals in April, a small, Las Vegas-based construction-supply firm named Gleason Partners suggested a suspiciously similar plan. It proposed building a wall of cement, steel, and solar panels. Each mile of wall would cost $7.5 million, it said, but each mile would also generate two megawatts of electricity. This power could then be sold to utilities on both sides of the border.

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The United States is starting to remind me of the guy in his 50s who's still bragging about his high school football career. China prepares for manned moon landing.

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D-Day, Drive-In Movie Day, deadly tattoo, Trump Dump, next plague is due any time now
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Published Tuesday, June 06, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 06 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 6, the 157th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 208 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 138 days. There are 1,325 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 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.

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Among other things, today is also Drive-In Movie Day.

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Drunk Florida woman caught speeding, offers burrito to trooper.

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Quote of the day:

"A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth."
-Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875 - August 12, 1955)
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U.S. Congressman instructs 'Christendom' to kill every 'radicalized islamic suspect'. "Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identity them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all." Yep, religious jihadists are a threat. (Jezebel)

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What to worry about this week: phones, caffeine, and meditation. (Lifehacker)

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Are humans getting smarter or less intelligent? Is this a trick question? (Big Think)

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Should you burn a tick off? Five common myths about ticks. A big problem around here because of the huge population of deer or, as I call them, rats on stilts. (USA Today)

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Man dies after swimming with new tattoo. The 31-year-old man died after the bacteria vibrio vulnificus entered his body through a new leg tattoo. The report says the man obtained the leg tattoo five days before swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, where vibrio vulnificus can be found in high levels during the summer months. Most people who are exposed to the bacteria through the consumption of raw oysters, and become only mildly ill. (NBC Bay Area)

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At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on Monday, the company unleashed a two-hour storm of announcements, including both new hardware and software feature upgrades. There was a sneak peek of HomePod, a Siri-powered speaker to rival Amazon's Echo and Google's Home. Also revealed: new iPads, iMacs and MacBooks, and updates to the iOS operating system. (Fast Company)

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Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. (New York Times)

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Today's Trump Dump

"Now China leads." Donald Trump's triumph of stupidity. "...the Western community of values is standing in opposition to Donald Trump. The G-7 has become the G-6. The West is divided. For three-quarters of a century, the U.S. led and protected Europe. Despite all the mistakes and shortcomings exhibited by U.S. foreign policy, from Vietnam to Iraq, America's claim to leadership of the free world was never seriously questioned." Until now. (Der Spiegel)

Back after a week on vacation, Seth Meyers returned with a blistering "Closer Look": Trump picks fights on Twitter, pisses off world...

"Trump is less popular in Pittsburgh than the Baltimore Ravens or Hunt's Ketchup." (Late Night with Seth Meyers, NBC)

The Tweeter (Twit?)-in-Chief keeps digging a deeper hole for himself and, alas, for the U.S. (New York Times)

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the British government to cancel a planned state visit by Donald Trump after being criticised in two tweets by the US president. "I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the USA in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for," he said. (The Guardian)

Trump scares us, but what scares him? As the blast radius of the Russia investigation continues to expand, Donald Trump is facing an unnerving new reality: The fate of his presidency may now hinge on the motley, freewheeling crew of lieutenants and loyalists who have long populated his entourage. (The Atlantic)

On the other hand, the fatal wound may be self-inflicted. Trump will not block fired FBI director James Comey from testifying before the Senate this Thursday. And Trump is also said to be growing disenchanted by his Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (New York Times)

The President did have one "win" today... Intelligence contractor is charged in first leak case under Trump. (New York Times)

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Why we're doomed, #986: The next plague is around the corner. Our fear of an influenza pandemic is best explained by the derivation of the word pandemic, meaning “all people.” Several times a century, influenza sweeps across the globe. And it's about time for another trip. (The Daily Beast)

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The "mother" of COBOL has died at 89. (New York TImes)

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My wife was born in Mississippi and is a distant relation to actress Erin Gray, perhaps best known for her role as Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

She's also related to Robert E. Lee, of whom historians say the the legend of the Confederate leader's heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed. (The Atlantic)

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It could be that American teenagers aren't working summer jobs anymore because they're too busy studying. At least, that's one theory... (Bloomberg)

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Why we're doomed, #987: Climate science meets a stubborn obstacle: students. As more of the nation's teachers seek to integrate climate science into the curriculum, many of them are reckoning with students for whom suspicion of the subject is deeply rooted. And some of them are "A" students. (New York Times)

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NFL lifts liquor ad ban, raising pressure on beer. But liquor brands will still be treated as second-class citizens compared with beer. The number of 30-second liquor ads allowed per game is capped at four, with a limit of two ads in any quarter or within halftime. (Ad Age)

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How millions of cartons of 'organic' milk contain an oil brewed in industrial vats of algae. What's more organic than five story high, closed stainless steel vats of corn syrup-fed Schizochytrium? (Washington Post)

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This vintage Star Wars fan theory posits that all Jedi are clones of Jesus, or something. (AV Club)

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Melania and Donald fit right in on The Handmaid's Tale. (Funny or Die video via AV Club)

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Russia hired 1,000 people to create anti-Clinton 'fake news' in key US states during election, Trump-Russia hearings leader reveals. The question is... who let the Russians know what the "key states" were? Perhaps someone in the Trump campaign? (The Independent)

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What Winston Churchill and George Orwell had in common. Both men displayed a determination to confront unpleasant realities that those around them had chosen to ignore. They also had a tragic understanding that their views were unlikely to prevail. (New Statesman)

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Elvis, KHAN!, popular delusions day, Wonder Woman, shut up Donald- you're embarassing us
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Published Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 3:40 AM EDT
Jun 05 2017

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Today is Monday, June 5, the 156th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 209 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 137 days. There are 1,326 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 1956, Elvis Presley introduced his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

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Among other things, today is also Festival of Popular Delusions Day.

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It probably shouldn't come as a suprise, but Paul Manafort is a Florida Man.

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Quote of the day:

"The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead."
-John Maynard Keyes
(June 5, 1883 - April 21, 1946)
More quotes.

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Saw Wonder Woman with my son this weekend. To be honest, I dozed off. Fortunately, I started snoring- he woke me up so I didn't miss more than a minute or two of the film. Not that it's a bad movie... it's just a bit overlong and has too much exposition once Princess Diana decides to get involved and end World War I. The cgi effects are well done and thankfully a bit restrained; not like most recent superhero films where you feel you're a silver ball in a pinball machine. Gal Gadot is superb and perfectly cast as the title character (although the name "Wonder Woman" is used only in the credits) and Chris Pine turns in another cheeky, relaxed performance as the hunky hero, undiminished by his second banana position. The movie works because of its charismatic leads, whose emotional rapport resonates far above the plot. But bear in mind that I turn 63 in September, and my favorite Superman is still George Reeves.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s, and had no problems embracing the concept of feminism. Indeed, all the strong people in my life during my formative years were women. But Wonder Woman shows how little things have progressed. (New York Times)

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If you have Microsoft Office 365 (the subscription plan) turn off automatic updates for the next few weeks. The latest "upgrade" caused the typesize on calendar printouts to shrink to an unreadable size, regardless of style settings. There's a discussion of the problem here, in a Microsoft Community Support forum, but none of the suggested fixes worked for me. MS Engineering is aware of the problem and a fix should be released by June 15.

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What Donald Trump can do to help stop terrorism: talk less. "His rhetoric belies a fundamental lack of understanding of the greater nuances of the issue, and in particular the root causes that have allowed isis to prey on the vulnerable and disaffected in our communities." (New Yorker)

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NASA's plan to fill the sky with red and green clouds has been postponed. They either ran out of those little cardboard glasses, or discovered the sky was already 3D. Or maybe conditions weren't right for studying ionospheric wind currents.

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Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the release of Star Trek II- The Wrath of Khan, in my opinion, the best of all the Trek films. It was a box office success, earning $97 million worldwide ($232 million in 2017 dollars) and setting a world record for its first-day box office gross. Critical reaction to the film was positive; reviewers highlighted Khan's character, the film's pacing, and the character interactions as strong elements.

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Bill Maher gets in hot water again, for being Bill Maher. (New York Times) Indeed, he's done it before. (Hollywood Reporter)

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I was unemployed during the Watergate hearings, so I got pretty immersed in them. I'm semi-retired now, so there's a bit of déjà vu with the upcoming Senate hearings on Trump/Russia. The Guardian says when James Comey, the former FBI director, stands before a Senate committee on Thursday to give evidence about the president who fired him, it will be one of the most dramatic moments in US political history. Maybe.

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Seventh grader, far ahead of her class, punished for taking too many courses. Extra-curricular stuff like football, cheerleading, etc. are ok. But too many academic credits? Hey, the line must be drawn somewhere.

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'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly' spends 60 minutes trying to be '60 Minutes'. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Canadian researchers have traced the origins of the opioid crisis to one letter published almost 40 years ago. (BBC)

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Mortality rates doubled for moms in Texas, but the state decided not to act to curb them. (Refinery29)

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CDC warns: don't get too close to your chickens, ducks, and geese. From January 4 to May 3, at least 372 people got sick from handling pet ducks, chickens and geese. Eight multi-state outbreaks have occurred. So far, no deaths but over 70 hospitalizations have resulted. Keep in mind that these are just recorded cases. The actual number of cases is probably much higher, maybe 20 to 30 times higher. (Forbes)

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Papa John's employees accused of selling cocaine out of the store. And all this time I've been throwing away the "garlic butter."

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Giant dying star collapses straight into black hole, skipping the supernova phase. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Seriously, though, this is big news.

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How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation. It's more than just Trump.

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If all the news is making you queasy, take note: Drink ginger tea, not ginger ale, if you have an upset stomach. (Lifehacker)

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The Justice Department says nine members of a Tijuana-based biker club have been charged with stealing 150 Jeep Wranglers using stolen computer code and key designs. After using the duplicate key to get inside the car, the Hooligan members used a handheld electronic device to pair the key with the car's computer to turn the engine on and drive off. (Washington Post)

And OneLogin, the identity management software company announced last week that it suffered a data breach. It's not clear from OneLogin's statements so far what kind of customer data was stolen, but the fact that the company is advising mass password resets suggests that passwords may have been compromised. The company says "customer data was compromised, including the ability to decrypt encrypted data." Peachy. (Gizmodo)

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Humanity is more technologically powerful than ever before, and yet we feel ourselves to be increasingly fragile. Are these the end-times for humanity? No, but it's complicated. (Aeon)

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Verizon says the Droid brand isn't dead, but it sure looks like it. Motorola's new Moto Z2 Play contains no Droid logos. (The Verge)

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Lawrence O'Donnell says he's staying at MSNBC. O'Donnell's program, The Last Word, has been on the cable network since September 27, 2010 and has been consistently winning its 10 pm timeslot against Sean Hannity on Fox and Don Lemon on CNN. (Variety)

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Trump has granted more lobbyist waivers in four months than Obama did in eight years. If you recall, His Orangeness signed a flashy executive order tightening restrictions on lobbyists' work in the executive branch. But he immediately began to staff the administration with people whose work seemed, on its face, to clearly violate the terms of the order. Rather than publicly grant waivers of ethics rules with a clearly stated rationale, the White House was simply routinely waiving ethics rules in secret so nobody knew how many waivers were issued or for what purpose. Trump has finally provided documentation, and it shows that the ethics rules are plainly meaningless to him. (Vox)

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CNN, Heimlich, Einstein's beets, Hitchcock's eggs, scandal scorecard, GOP voicemail spam, Wonder Woman
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Published Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 2:08 AM EDT
Jun 01 2017

Today is Thursday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 213 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 133 days. There are 1,330 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 1980, CNN was launched. It was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the United States.

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Among other things, today is also National Heimlich Maneuver Day.

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A Florida man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law-enforcement access to smart phones.

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Quote of the day:

"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by."
-John Masefield
(June 1, 1878 - May 12, 1967)
More quotes.

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Einstein hated beets. Hitchcock wouldn't eat eggs. The Anatomy of Finickiness: On Alexander Theroux's "Einstein's Beets: An Examination of Food Phobias". Maybe we are what we don't eat.

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You can't keep track of all the major investigations of the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia without a scorecard. Fortunately, the Washington Post provides one.

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Republicans want to let robocallers spam your voicemail. The Republican National Committee is backing a petition that would allow political campaigns and businesses to leave automated messages on your voicemail, without your phone having to ring. (Washington Post).

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Does a spider use its web like you use your smartphone? There's a debate over whether an arachnid's web is actually a part of its mind. (The Atlantic)

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Big pension funds seek to unseat Mylan directors over executive pay, ethics. Over the past year, Mylan became a poster child for pharmaceutical greed over the price of its EpiPen device and a preliminary $465 million settlement with federal authorities for failing to pay sufficient Medicaid rebates. These episodes prompted various government investigations and lawsuits, which caused "significant reputational and financial harm" to the company, the investors wrote. (Stat)

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Amazon is refunding $70M of kids' unauthorized in-app purchases. In the meantime, I'm stuck with a case of cat food I ordered by mistake. (Ars Technica)

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A study of monogamous mammals shows having a romantic partner changes your brain chemistry. So does a six-pack of Bud. (Quartz)

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The New Yorker's John Cassidy on six reasons why the Trump reset won't work. Hint: Trump has something to do with it.

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'Something fishy' is going on with Trump's Twitter account, researchers say. A strangely large percentage of Trump's followers- and especially his newest followers- that have only the most rudimentary account information, with no profile picture, few followers and little sign that they have ever tweeted. These are so-called "egg followers" because instead of a profile photo they traditionally carried the image of a blank egg on Twitter account pages. And that, say some researchers, is odd. (Washington Post)

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Good reviews continue. The New York Times calls Wonder Woman "a blockbuster that lets itself have fun." The film's director avoided an R rating so little girls could it. (AV Club) And Gizmodo recalls, the first time Batman and Superman met Wonder Woman was downright adorable. (Gizmodo)

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The state of Ohio has sued five major drug manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic. Named in the suit are Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and subsidiary Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Allergan. (NPR)

And Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager, is suing Kaléo, the manufacturer of Evzio, the injectable overdose treatmentwhose price quintupled last year, drawing widespread outrage and inquiries from members of Congress. Express Scripts claims it is owed more than $14.5 million in fees and rebates related to Evzio, and it has dropped the drug from its preferred list. (New York Times)

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Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in. Their results constitute another successful test for Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

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Touching the Sun: NASA mission renamed 'Parker Solar Probe'. (Space.com) As my buddy Zay N. Smith notes, "It's OK... We're going at night."

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If a nuclear bomb explodes nearby, here's why you should never, ever get in a car. And it isn't Uber surge pricing. (Business Insider)

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Megyn Kelly's debut on NBC is likely to be an interview with Vladimir Putin. (The Week)

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This weekend marks the 35th anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a film most still consider to be the best in the franchise. In an interview, director Nicholas Meyer reflects upon why the movie has endured. (Trekmovie.com)

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Seeking to avoid any "character" test in a merger licensing review, CBS tells the FCC that Stephen Colbert's Trump jokes weren't indecent nor obscene. (Hollywood Reporter)

Actions have consequences. Kathy Griffin's posting of a tasteless photo showing her holding a bloody head resembling Donald Trump has prompted her firing by CNN. Griffin and Anderson Cooper had been the network's New Years Eve team since 2007, a bizarre but successful pairing in which the object seemed to be Griffin's outrageous behavior ending the career of the silver-haired newsman. Stupid move, Griffin. Next New Years Eve I'm just going to go to bed.

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The A.V. Club recalls Night Court was the black sheep of NBC's 80s sitcom dynasty. It also was frequently the funniest show of the night. Who can forget the pre-Star Trek Brent Spiner (Data) as perpetually down-on-his-luck Bob Wheeler, the "Yugoslavian/West Virginian recidivist knucklehead."

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The Covfefe Kerfuffle Compendium:


"Covfefe, when the walls fell."
(Too obscure? See here.
(Jason Togyer on Facebook).

What makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe.
-Jimmy Kimmel

Covfefe (n.) When you want to say "coverage" but your hands are too small to hit all the letters on your keyboard.
-Urban Dictionary

If you cannot afford Covfefe, AstraZeneca may be able to help.
-Gin and Tacos

"Covfefe" is a Yiddish term for "I gotta go to bed now."
-Al Franken

Can't sleep. Covfefe will eat me.
-Rose Auerbach

White House reporters burst into laughter as Sean Spicer insists Trump's 'covfefe' tweet was intentional. "The President and a small group of people know exactly what he meant."

And so... How the White House press secretary turned "covfefe" into a covfspiracy. (The Atlantic)

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Johnstown flood, necrotizing fasciitis, boycott Rachel, Pelley out, #covfefe, aliens are here
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Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7:09 AM EDT
May 31 2017

Today is Wednesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 214 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 132 days. There are 1,331 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 1889, the the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River sent 16 million tons of water up to 60 feet high 14 miles downstream, where it obliterated the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.


The Johnstown Flood by Charles Guggenheim
1990 Academy Award, Best Documentary (short subject)

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Among other things today is also Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day.

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Florida woman evicted over massive toy collection.

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Quote of the day:

"Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me."
-Walt Whitman
(May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892)
More Walt Whitman quotes.

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Sean Hannity is now supporting a boycott of Rachel Maddow. What's going to happen, of course, is that Maddow viewers will contact advertisers and thank them for supporting the only news show that does 15-18 solid minutes of reporting before the first commercial.

In other news-related news, Scott Pelley is out as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Pelley shifts to 60 Minutes fulltime. The move was sudden and unexpected; usually, changes in network anchors are well-planned in advance. (Daily Beast)

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Be careful with that Like button on Facebook... In a landmark ruling, a Swiss court has fined a man for "liking" comments on Facebook accusing an animal rights activist of being a "racist" and an "anti-Semite". (AFP)

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"Of course #covfefe is real word. It was coined during the Bowling Green Massacre." Incoherent Trump tweet roils Twitter... (New York Times)

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A 50th-anniversary deluxe version of
"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band."
Apple Corps Ltd. photo

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The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' at 50: still full of joy and whimsy. I think I've purchased this album at least six times: three vinyl, twice on CD, and digital. The album was released in Britain on May 29, 1967 and on June 2 in the U.S. I remember waiting with my friends at the local record store for the UPS truck to arrive. Rolling Stone noted, "The closest Western Civilization has come to unity since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was the week the Sgt. Pepper album was released. In every city in Europe and America the radio stations played [it] ... and everyone listened ... it was the most amazing thing I've ever heard. For a brief while the irreparable fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young."

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You have the power to physically reshape your brain. The key is meditation, and the potential benefits are significant. I prefer Woody Allen's observation: "There's nothing wrong with you that can't be fixed with some Prozac and a polo mallet." (Futurism)

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If you're looking to buy a used car, now may be the time. Off-lease used cars are flooding the market, pushing prices down. It may also be a good time to buy a new car, since competition from used cars sales will cause new vehicle prices to drop.(AP)

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Ariana Grande returns to Manchester for a benefit concert, along Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, and Niall Horan. All proceeds from Sunday's concert will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up by Manchester city council in partnership with the British Red Cross.

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You've been duped. The Affordable Care Act isn't raising your premiums... Republicans are. The former CEO of a health insurance company, warns publicly what will happen if Trump continues to effectively sabotage the Affordable Care Act. (US News)

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Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket? "Acclerationists" argue that technology, particularly computer technology, and capitalism, particularly the most aggressive, global variety, should be massively sped up and intensified– either because this is the best way forward for humanity, or because there is no alternative. (The Guardian)

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Can the jokes about France. Unlike some world leaders, French President Macron stands up to Putin face to face. (The UK Times)

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Billionaire helping develop NASA spacecraft says aliens are here... but it's covered up. The business guru revealed being a subscriber to a widely held conspiracy theory that the US Government, and others across the globe, know that aliens are here on Earth, and even interact with them, but it is all kept top secret from the public amid fears over the impact it would have on religion and the rule of law.

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Donald Trump took $19,000 of her money. And she wants him to pay. You may have heard that the class action againt Trump University is settled and is over. Not quite. (Vox)

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The DNC wasn't hacked, the New York Times is lying, and other mindboggling claims from Putin's American defender. (Slate)

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Well, this is encouraging. Superman is prominently featured in newly revealed Justice League merchandise. (ComicBookMovie.com)

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A disease's name can cause all sorts of grief. And despite new policies by the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO), the process is still problematic. (Aeon)

How can we be? The source of human consciousness can't be identified by the fMRI, but it can supply somes clues. (The Times Literary Supplement UK)

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Relentless pressure on corporate America by Wall Street is creating an increasingly Dickensian experience for consumers as companies focus on maximizing profit. And nowhere is the trend as stark as in the airline industry, whose service is delivered in an aluminum tube packed with up to four different classes, cheek by jowl, 35,000 feet in the air. (New York Times)

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Fidelity adds Bitcoin to website and cafeteria as the digital currency hits new record. What a long way we've come since someone bought 2 pizzas with 10,000 bitcoins in 2010. Those 10,000 bitcoins would be worth $20 million today. (LinkedIn/Business Insider)

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IBM's remote work reversal is a losing battle against the new normal. IBM will diminish the quality of its team. As much as 40% of the company's workforce was already remote as of a decade ago, so it's easy to see the new mandate as a way to trim staff without having to actually make layoffs. But if IBM is trying to get rid of people it deems extraneous, it's pretty short-sighted. In all likelihood, what happened to Yahoo will also happen to IBM: The best talent will easily find new jobs with companies that are more open to remote work. (New York Times)

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NASA's Juno reported back, and things are getting weird. Juno has revealed data from its first 5 flybys of Jupiter, and scientists are surprised that much of what we believed about the planet was wrong. Juno's ultimate goal is to reveal more about planet formation and the origins of the Solar System. (Futurism)

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"Toilet tissue police" wins court fight with Kmart. Toilet tissue is exempt from sales tax in Pennsylvania, but a suburban Pittsburgh woman noticed she her purchases were being taxed. Okay, maybe we're scraping bottom here... (WTAE)

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Lincoln, mint juleps, Wonder Woman, Shatner stifles self, self-destructing moths, volcano red alert, brain eaters
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Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 1:06 AM EDT
May 30 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 30, the 150th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 215 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 131 days. There are 1,332 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 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. The Memorial is free to the public, and is never closed.

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Among other things, today is also National Mint Julep Day.

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$25K swan statue recovered after naked Florida man stole it, deputies say.

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Quote of the day:

"All mothers are mothers of great people, and it is not their fault that life later disappoints them."
-Boris Pasternak

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Before diving into more weighty content, it's a relief to see the Wonder Woman movie opening later this week may break the string of emotionally unsatisfying and dark DC Universe superhero movies.

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Good morning, Mister Moth: Lab-created moths with a 'self-destruct' gene to be released onto U.S. farmland.

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New study finds that sleep deprived brains literally eat themselves. Doesn't Trump only sleep three or four hours a night? Well, at least this explains his tweets.

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Android-targeted 'Judy' malware may have infected 36.5 million phones. The software doesn't really do anything to your data- but it would make your phone click on Google ads, generating fraudulent revenue for the attacker.

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"From horrible to bad." A possible glimmer of hope for America's ailing honeybees. Fewer bees died this past winter than in the past ten years. The rate's still too high, though.

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This kind of stuff used to happen in the U.S., but nonetheless something incredible is happening right now in Chile.

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Highest aviation alert level issued after Alaskan volcano erupts. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes.

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David Letterman talks Cosby, the beard, and why Amy Schumer is the new Richard Pryor.

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Why we're doomed, Trump edition: Nine things a narcissist will never do...

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Swell. The people who bring you The 700 Club ask, Trump's promises to Israel foretold in the Bible?

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Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find. Although... "I would be hesitant about using a single character from an isolated fossil to set against the evidence from Africa."

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Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies. Since making America great again apparently involves ignoring the last six decades of the fight for civil rights.

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Well, this is cheerful.. Bug in Google Chrome allows sites to record audio and video without a visual indicator. The bug is not as bad as it sounds, as malicious websites still need to get the user's permission to access audio and video components, but there are various ways in which this issue could be weaponized to record audio or video without the user's knowledge.

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Star Trek in the social consciousness again:

William Shatner is biting his tongue under President Trump: 'I won't do anything that might get me deported.'.

Looks like Captain Picard is the one with cojones: Actor Patrick Stewart applying for US citizenship to fight Trump.

George Takei dismantles racist, sexist criticism of 'Star Trek: Discovery'.

And in other fictional character news, Superman is suing his former landlord.

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You should watch this. Anti-terrorism ad goes viral in Middle East.

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Making America great again by destroying our international stature.

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I used to tell West Virginia jokes. (Most popular pickup line? Hey, baby, nice tooth.)
No more.
"West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the country, and heroin has devastated the state's Eastern Panhandle, which includes Hedgesville and the larger town of Martinsburg. Like the vast majority of residents there, nearly all the addicts are white, were born in the area, and have modest incomes. Because they can't be dismissed as outsiders, some locals view them with empathy. Other residents regard addicts as community embarrassments. Many people in the Panhandle have embraced the idea of addiction as a disease, but a vocal cohort dismisses this as a fantasy disseminated by urban liberals." A fascinating read.

Also disturbing: Authorities are investigating dozens of cases of drug theft at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

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I'm 62 and this article made me feel much better about myself: A selection of the 30 most disappointing people under the age of 30.

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The world that Trump and Ailes Built. The measure of their influence lies in the distance between today's media and politics and those of the years they were born.

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Mystery of the flickering red lights in the White House grips the Internet. The Internet really needs to get a life.

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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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Just 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 51,755 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 51,755 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 51,755 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 51,755 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 51,755 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 51,755 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 51,755 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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