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Godzilla, Cubs, First Contact, It's not going to get better...

Published Thursday, November 03, 2016 @ 5:08 AM EDT
Nov 03 2016

Today is Thursday, November 3, 2016. Five days remain until the United States Presidential Election, and there are 58 days remaining in this year.

On this day in 1954, the first Godzilla movie was released in Japan.

The original film won the best special effects award from the Japan Movie Association, and was nominated for best picture.

In 1956, a heavily re-edited version of the film was prepared for audiences in the United States. Many original segments were cut, and additional scenes were inserted with actor Raymond Burr portraying an American reporter covering the destruction. His English language narrative minimized the need for dubbing the voices of the original Japanese actors.

Forget James Bond... Godzilla is recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest continuously running movie franchise, having been in on-going production, with a few interruptions, from 1954 to the present day. There have been over 30 films produced by the original Japanese studio (Toho), and reboots made by American producers Tri-Star and Legendary Pictures.

Toho itself rebooted the original Japanese side of the franchise with Shin Gozilla, released in July, 2016. Legendary Pictures is continuing its American reboot with Godzilla 2, scheduled for a 2019 release, and Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020.

Godzilla's Japanese name, Gojira, is a combination of the Japanese words gorir (gorilla) and kujira (whale), so Gojira literally translates to gorilla whale.


#WorldSeries Thanks, Chicago. Another time-honored, multi-generational American tradition shot to hell.


Among other things, today is also National Sandwich Day. Britain's greatest culinary contribution to the world is named after John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. The first sandwich was a piece of salt beef between two slices of toasted bread.


A Florida man wearing a wig and a tutu broke into a Tampa farmers market following Halloween and helped himself to some sodas and fruit.


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Some persons born on November 3 who said memorable things:
George Bancroft, American historian and statesman; William Cullen Bryant, American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post; Roseanne Barr, American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, and director; Andre Malraux, French novelist, art theorist and Minister of Cultural Affairs; James Reston, American journalist; Thomas Wolfe, American novelist of the early 20th century; Dennis Miller, comedian, actor, writer and radio host.

Today's quote of the day is from Dennis Miller: "Washington, DC is to lying what Wisconsin is to cheese."

Speaking of Dennis Miller... once my favorite comedian, Miller is from the Pittsburgh suburb of Castle Shannon and is a 1976 graduate of Point Park College with a degree in journalism.

Miller's first work in television was at Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA, where he was the warm-up man for the station's mid-day Pittsburgh 2Day talk show in the 1980s. He also did bits for Group W's Evening Magazine show...

After 9/11, Miller started shifting to the right politically. He now appears regularly on Fox's O'Reilly Factor.


Astronomers Detect strange star signals that are "probably" aliens making contact The scientists do acknowledge that other explanations are possible for the weird signals, like "rotational transitions in molecules" or "rapid pulsations" or maybe even the unusual chemistry of a small group of galactic halo stars. Nah. It's aliens.


Next week's election probably isn't going to make things in Washington any better. You're welcome.


Trump plans to replace Obamacare by having you pay your own medical bills with money you've saved. Swell. With COBRA running out, I'm finding replacement coverage, either through the government marketplace or directly with insurers, to be even more expensive than the $600+ a month I'm paying now. We really need single payer in this country...


Still having trouble deciding between Clinton and Trump? Late night talk show host Seth Meyers talked about the difficult choice:

Do you pick someone who's under Federal investigation for using a private e-mail server?

Or do you pick someone who called Mexicans rapists, claimed the President was born in Kenya, banning an entire religion from entering the U.S., mocked a disabled reporter, said John McCain wasn't a war hero because he was captured, attacked the parents of a fallen soldier, bragged about committing sexual assault, was accused by 12 women of committing sexual assault, said some of those women weren't attractive enough for him to sexually assault, said more countries should get nukes, said we would force the military to commit war crimes, said a judge was biased because his parents were Mexicans, said women should be punished for having abortions, incited violence at his rallies, called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, called for his opponent to be jailed, declared bankruptcy six times, bragged about not paying income taxes, stiffed his contractors and employees, lost a billion dollars in one year, scammed customers at his fake university, bought a six foot tall painting of himself with money from his fake foundation, has a trial for fraud coming up in November, insulted his opponents' looks, insulted his opponents' wife's looks, and bragged about grabbing women by the [genitals]?

How do you choose?


Over at FiveThirtyEight, Hillary Clinton's numbers keep dropping. Her chances of winning now stand at 67.6%, with Trump at 32.3%.


I have some other commitments tomorrow, so our next edition will be on Monday.

Have a great weekend. If you have any clocks which don't automatically adjust themselves, remember to turn them back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night. Standard times begins at 2 a.m.


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