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Published Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 11:12 PM EST
Feb 07 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Wednesday, February 8, the 39th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 326 days remaining.

This is the 384th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $50,877,88. There are 1,078 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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Good Times is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from February 8, 1974, to August 1, 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' primary executive producer, it was television's first African American family sitcom. Good Times was billed as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.

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On this date: In 1672, Isaac Newton read his work Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light before the Royal Society in London; in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by William D. Boyce; in 1915, the first 12-reel film presented in the United States, D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (originally titled The Clansman) opened at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles; in 1922, the first radio was installed in the White House; in 1944, Harry McAlpin became the first African-American reporter to attend a U.S. Presidential news conference; in 1946, publication of the first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version; in 1965, The Supremes released Stop! In The Name of Love; in 1968, the film Planet of the Apes was released; and in 1971, the NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.

More of what happened on February 8 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Boy Scouts Day, Fat Thursday, Laugh and Get Rich Day, National Molasses Bar Day, Opera Day, National Kite Flying Day, and Propose Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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After a long silence, 'Florida Man' is back on Twitter. Sort of.

Florida bonus item! Did SpaceX put a Tesla in orbit? Florida Flat Earthers say space travel doesn't exist.

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Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 - March 24, 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

Click here for the full Wikipedia article.

Quote of the day:

"Put two Yankees in a room together, and in an hour they will each have gained ten dollars from the other."
-Jules Verne
(Click here for more Jules Verne quotes.)

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Preacher claims Melania Trump exorcised White House demons before moving in. Let's go a bit further around the bend- televangelist with Trump ties: 'Jesus himself gave us the flu shot.'

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Why we're doomed: Cultures that respect the elderly have reduced risks of dementia. Alas, we're in a culture that doesn't respect anyone. And then there's this: Surprising bat genetic trait holds secrets of longevity. I guess we really need to be respecting our telomeres.

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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket flung that Tesla car on a path that goes beyond Mars. On Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force Space Command tweeted that it added a Tesla Roadster to the U.S. satellite catalog.

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Senior White House official to resign after ex-wives' allegations of abuse. Sometimes I think I'm watching a bad Lifetime movie.

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Trump wants a grand military parade. Some veterans say that won't fix their problems.

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Trivia of the day: elephants are very scared of bees.

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Senate leaders reach deal to raise spending over two years. But then, there's this whole bicameral legisature thing. Meanwhile, in the House, Pelosi gives longest continuous speech in House history in bid to force immigration votes.

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News you can use: How to survive being swallowed by another animal. "...an explosion was audible inside each toad."

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Despite Trump, Obamacare records strong enrollment. About 11.8 million people signed up for an insurance plan through Obamacare in the 2018 enrollment period, according to a new report, a small 3.7 percent drop from the 12.2 million who enrolled in 2017.

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A couple keeps getting mysterious Amazon packages they didn't order- and they can't make it stop. Amazon told them the items were sent using a gift card, meaning there was no sender information it could give them- and whoever is doing it has so far remained anonymous.

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Suicides nationwide increased by 10 percent after Robin Williams' death.

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In a sweeping war on obesity, Chilean government slays Tony the Tiger and Cheetos' Chester Cheetah. They also banned Kinder Surprise, the chocolate eggs with a hidden toy.

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Where Valentine's Day started: Lupercalia, Rome's most bizarre spring rite. Like most holidays, the practices surrounding Valentine's Day were pagan and co-opted and modified by the Catholic church. At least we're not dealing with cities full of naked young men and women running around whipping one another with animal hides. And the Washington Post also explains why you should never go out to dinner on Valentine's Day.

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A down day on the markets? Analysts say blame the machines. The market is always "just one step away from massive volatility because of programmed trading," said Michael Yoshikami, the chief executive of Destination Wealth Management, an investment-management firm in Walnut Creek, Calif. "There's no way that investors can compete with a computer making 1,000 trades a second. What it does is it ramps up the psychology of fear and greed for individual investors."

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The demise of FunnyOrDie... one of many comedy website casualties blamed on Facebook.

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What teenagers are learning from online porn... an unrealistic expectation of the response time of plumbers?

Related: Google gave the world powerful AI tools, and the world made porn with them.

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Ranking the most (and least) productive countries. Russia has the lowest task completion rate, finishing just 59.3% of all tasks. Kinda makes you wonder what they could have done in the 2016 elections if they had really worked at it.

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Hero or hired gun? Judge for yourself. How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation. Those who believe Steele consider him a hero, a latter-day Paul Revere who, at personal risk, tried to provide an early warning about the Kremlin's unprecedented meddling in a U.S. campaign. Those who distrust him say he is merely a hired gun leading a political attack on Trump.

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