Clouded and lost
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Published Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 7:37 AM EDT
Jul 24 2017

A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.
-Leslie Lamport

We can't publish a complete edition because we some of our service providers are having problems.

Not that that matters, because our hosting service, DreamHost, is returning a "site not found" error. Of course, if you're reading this, at least that snafu was resolved.

Ah, Mondays...

We'll give it another shot tomorrow...


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Back on Monday
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Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 11:40 AM EDT
Jul 20 2017

Family issues... have a great weekend.


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Kepler, free hot dogs, eclipse to cause major power problems, Kermit and Hastert released, sinking flood insurance
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Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 19 2017

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Today is Wednesday, July 10, the 200th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 165 days remaining. This is the 181st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,282 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 19 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1595, astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe.

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Among other things, today is also National Hot Dog Day. All the places you can get free hot dogs on National Hot Dog Day 2017.

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Florida man calls 911 to report his cocaine stolen.

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Quote of the day:

"Richard Nixon would have been better off if I'd beaten him. Then he'd be remembered for the EPA and China instead of Watergate."
-George McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012)
(More George McGovern quotes)

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Big stories:

'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump says as GOP health bill collapses. "We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us." And to hell with the millions who lose health insurance in the interim, apparently.

Trump and Putin held a second, undisclosed, private conversation. Hours into a dinner with world leaders who had gathered for the Group of 20 summit meeting, President Trump left his chair at the sprawling banquet table and headed to where President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was seated...

Guest list at Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian expands again.

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A solar eclipse could wipe out 9,000 megawatts of power supplies. That's the equivalent of about nine nuclear reactors.

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Disney Says It Fired Kermit the Frog Actor Over "Unacceptable Business Conduct". It ain't easy being green.

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J. Dennis Hastert, Ex-House Speaker who admitted sex abuse, leaves prison.

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Running would have broken an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex's legs. Science ruins dinosaurs again.

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Florida has more lightning strikes and fatalities than any other state. Four tales of survivors with disparate stories that all began with a bolt from the blue.

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At this point, Amazon can crush a company just by filing for a trademark.

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The country's flood insurance program is sinking. Rescuing it won't be easy. The NFIP, which must be reauthorized by the end of September, is nearly $25 billion in the red- a debt that administrator Roy Wright says he sees no way to pay back. "Only Congress can deal with that past loss," Wright said last week . "What we're focused on today is ensuring that going forward, we're putting ourselves on a sound financial footing."

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U.S. to create the independent U.S. Cyber Command, split off from NSA. After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials. Under the plans, U.S. Cyber Command would eventually be split off from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency.

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Companies don't have a First Amendment right to talk about national security letters, court rules. The ruling is a major upset for tech companies that have begun disclosing NSLs over the past year. Companies that receive NSLs are usually restricted from discussing them for years—sometimes forever—and, if they disclose them in transparency reports, they may only do so in ranges of 500.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

It's c(still) never Trump's fault. With the latest collapse of the Obamacare repeal, the president has wasted political capital, squandered a reputation for dealmaking, and shown himself to be a poor strategist and tactician.

Trump's plan to 'Let Obamacare fail' is morally appalling.

Snopes: Did President Trump say 'Eventually we will get something done'?. You betcha.

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Cernettes, caviar, BCA DOA, earth moves, why Canada is better, huge Trump dump
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Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 18 2017

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Today is Tuesday, July 18, the 199th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 166 days remaining. This is the 180th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,283 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 18 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1992, a picture of Les Horribles Cernettes was taken, which became the first ever photo posted to the World Wide Web.

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Among other things, today is also National Caviar Day.

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Florida man who drove dead body to lawyer's office won't be charged.

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Quote of the day:

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
-Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 - February 20, 2005)
(More Hunter S. Thompson quotes)

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Big stories:

Health care overhaul collapses as two more Republican Senators defect. Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing for now a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

A massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck between Russia and Alaska Monday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This quake was followed by several aftershocks, some of which were greater than 5.0 magnitude.

DHS announces boost in seasonal worker visas during White House 'Made in America' week. Businesses will soon be able to apply to bring in up to 15,000 more foreigners for seasonal work, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday- prompting questions about whether the move fit in with the White House's "America First" posture.

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Why Canada is able to do things better. A country where impoverished citizens rely on crowdfunding to finance medical operations isn't a country that can protect the health of its citizens. A country that can't ensure the daily operation of Penn Station isn't a country that can prevent transportation gridlock. A country that contracts out the operations of prisons to the lowest private bidder isn't a country that can rehabilitate its criminals.

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Netflix posts strong earnings and takes aim at traditional movie theaters.

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59-year-old who tried for four decades to get pregnant has baby. The baby is doing fine, as is his mother.

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Artificial sweeteners don't help people lose weight, review finds... there is no solid evidence that sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose help people manage their weight. And observational data suggest that the people who regularly consume these sweeteners are also more likely to develop future health problems, though those studies can't say those problems are caused by the sweeteners.

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Opioid dose reduction may benefit patients with chronic pain. Reducing or discontinuing long-term opioid therapy may improve pain, function and quality of life among patients with chronic pain; however, these findings are supported by very low-quality evidence, according to a review published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Stressful experiences 'can age the brain by four years'. Stressful events in life, such as the death of a child, divorce or being fired, can age the brain by at least four years, US researchers suggests.

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Why midsized animals are the fastest on Earth. The muscle cells in big animals run out of fuel before the creatures can reach their theoretical maximum speed.

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Astronomers don't know what's causing these weird radio waves from a small red star about 11 light-years from Earth.

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'Bathroom bill' targeted by powerful North Texas business leaders. Some powerful North Texas business leaders on Monday pressed Gov. Greg Abbott to drop plans for transgender bathroom legislation they said would discriminate against Texans and be bad for business in the state.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

Trump goes all in on the 'collusion is normal' defense.

'Modern Day Presidential' really isn't working for Trump.

Who is Ty Cobb? The top corruption lawyer just hired by Donald Trump. The White House has hired a highly experienced lawyer who who has spent much of his career defending corruption cases and white-collar crime, to be in house counsel for Russia-related matters.

Tropical storm Don formed and everyone erupted with Trump jokes.

We went to Trump's stores to see how much of the stuff is "Made In America". Not much.

Twitter is never going to ban Donald Trump... it has plenty of cause. It's just lacking desire. And there's no absolutely no reason to expect it to find that any soon.

41% of Americans want Trump impeached: poll.

A judge just told Trump to disclose who visits Mar-a-Lago.

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Disneyland, Dog House, dirt is good, AI is bad, American idiots, Trump Dump
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Published Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 12:18 AM EDT
Jul 17 2017

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With ComiCon under way, don't be surprised if you see stories about widespread computer network failures. All the people who can fix them are in San Diego this week.

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Today is Monday, July 17, the 198th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. This is the 179th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,284 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 17 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1955, Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California. By 1965 around 50 million people had visited. Further parks were built in Florida, Paris and Shanghai, among others. The parks remain a major and iconic part of the The Walt Disney Company.

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Among other things, today is also National Get Out of the Dog House Day.

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Florida woman held on $2M bail after stalking doctor for 30 years.

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Quote of the day:

"The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence."
-Art Linkletter (July 17, 1912 - May 26, 2010)
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(Linkletter's first radio job was at station KGB in San Diego.)

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Big stories:

United Arab Emirates orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The UAE orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

McCain's surgery may be more serious than thought, experts say. "Usually, a blood clot in this area would be a very concerning issue," said Dr. Nrupen Baxi, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He added, "The recovery time from a craniotomy is usually a few weeks."

White House lobbies governors on latest health bill, but they're not buying it.

Obituaries: George Romero and Martin Landau.

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'Astounding' gene therapy cancer drug heading for FDA approval. The drug enables patients' own immune cells to recognize and kill the source of the cancer: a different immune cell gone awry.

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'Dirt Is Good': Why kids need exposure to germs. "So that dirty pacifier that fell on the floor- if you just stick it in your mouth and lick it, and then pop it back in little Tommy's mouth, it's actually going to stimulate their immune system. Their immune system's going to become stronger because of it."

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Doctors report removing 27 contact lenses from a woman's eye. Doctors were startled to find 17 contact lenses clumped together as they were injecting anesthesia into the woman's eye at Solihull Hospital, southeast of Birmingham, England. They then recovered another 10 lenses. Part of their surprise, she said, was because the patient hadn't complained of any irritation.

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Elon Musk warns of AI's risks, calls for regulation now. Speaking at a meeting of the National Governors Association, Tesla's CEO says AI is the "biggest risk we face as a civilization."

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Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs. An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. If Microsoft doesn't deliver a patch within the next six to nine months, those PCs could be cut off from security fixes.

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Ravens surprise scientists by showing they can plan. Ravens' ability to plan ahead may have developed in reaction to their complex social hierarchy.

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As opioid overdoses exact a higher price, communities ponder who should be saved. As their budgets strain, communities have begun questioning how much money and effort they should be spending to deal with overdoses, especially in cases involving people who have taken near-fatal overdoses multiple times. State and local officials say it might be time for "tough love": pushing soaring medical costs onto drug abusers or even limiting how many times first responders can save an individual's life.

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American idiots: Republicans are bored with bashing the media- so now they're going after colleges and universities. 85 per cent of Republicans think a free press is bad for the country= and they're now turning their attention to professors and colleges across the country because they are 'indoctrinating' students.

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Two-factor security authentication is a mess. It was supposed to be a one-stop security fix. What happened?

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The laws of Australia will trump the laws of mathematics. Despite calling the laws of mathematics 'commendable', the prime minister of Australia told ZDNet the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia when it comes to legislating decryption.

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DHS goes biometric, says travelers can opt out of face scans by not traveling. The government has argued in court that flying is a privilege, not a right, and the DHS seems hellbent on making fliers pay for every bit of that privilege.

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What's actually wrong with the U.S. health system. A new report shows why American health care performs so poorly compared to its rivals—and suggests the Obamacare replacement proposals aren't the way to fix it.

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At site of Scopes trial, Darrow Statue Belatedly Joins Bryan's. Some have taken grave offense at the addition. After all, Darrow, an agnostic and the most famous lawyer of his day, was the man who lost the famous Scopes "monkey trial" at the Rhea County Courthouse in 1925, though not before denouncing what he called the "fool ideas" of biblical literalism. Since 2005, a statue of Darrow's sparring partner at the trial, the orator William Jennings Bryan, has graced the courthouse lawn.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

Why blocked Twitter users are suing President Trump. They argue that barring them from his popular social-media feed violates the First Amendment to the Constitution. The lawsuit, which raises interesting questions about what constitutes a public forum, as well as the boundaries of free-speech rights on the Web, comes as Trump continues to draw concern about his novel and erratic use of social media.

The Projection President. Months into his tenure, Trump still responds to controversies by lobbing the same charges at his opponents.

Poll finds Trump's standing weakened since springtime. Approaching six months in office, Trump's overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they "disapprove strongly" of Trump's performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.

Trump visa policy changes could have broad consequences for science. These include requiring students to reapply for visas each year, overhauling the H1-B visa program, and pushing for a merit-based system for allocating visas to those seeking permanent residence in the U.S.

Joe Scarborough says Trump is killing the Republican Party. "I did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left its senses. The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments. President Trump's Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution."

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