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Cinco de Marcho, John Belushi, Stephen Hawking, Levi's lasers, we're number 8!
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Published Sunday, March 04, 2018 @ 9:06 PM EST
Mar 04 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Monday, March 5, the 64th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 301 days remaining.

This is the 409th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 95 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $56,032,374. There are 1,052 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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Florida man's offering to God is setting two church fires. Cops call it something else.

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The ZX81 was a home computer produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Scotland by Timex Corporation. It was launched in the United Kingdom on March 5, 1981 as the successor to Sinclair's ZX80 and was designed to be a low-cost introduction to home computing for the general public. It was hugely successful, and more than 1.5 million units were sold before it was discontinued. The ZX81 found commercial success in many other countries, notably the United States, where it was initially sold as the ZX-81. Timex manufactured and distributed it under licence and enjoyed a substantial but brief boom in sales. Timex later produced its own versions of the ZX81 for the US market – the Timex Sinclair 1000 and Timex Sinclair 1500. (Full Wikipedia article)

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On this date: in 1558, smoking tobacco was introduced into Europe by Spaniard physician Francisco Fernandes; in 1616, Nicolaus Copernicus's book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is added to the Index of Forbidden Books 73 years after it was first published; in 1836, Samuel Colt patented the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber "Texas" model; in 1868, the stapler was patented in England by C.H. Gould; in 1872, George Westinghouse patented the triple air brake for trains; in 1922, "Nosferatu" premiered in Berlin; in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a "bank holiday", closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions for ten days; in 1943, first flight of the Gloster Meteor, Britain's first combat jet aircraft; in 1946, Winston Churchill coined the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri; in 1953, Joseph Stalin, the longest serving leader of the Soviet Union, died at his Volynskoe dacha in Moscow from a cerebral hemorrhage; in 1960, Elvis Presley completed his two year hitch in the U.S. Army; in 1963, American country music stars Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and their pilot Randy Hughes were killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee; in 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect after ratification by 43 nations; in 1970, the film "Airport," based on the book by Arthur Hailey, was released; in 1979, Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the German-American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.

More of what happened on March 5 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Casimir Pulaski Day, Cinco de Marcho, National Cheese Doodle Day, National Potty Dance Day, and National Absinthe Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 - March 5, 1982) was an American comedian, actor and singer. Belushi is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). He died from a drug overdose. He was scheduled to present the first annual Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 1982 Academy Awards with Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd presented the award alone, and stated from the lectern: "My partner would have loved to have been here tonight to present this award, since he was a bit of a Visual Effect himself." (Full Wikipedia article.)

Quote of the day:

"I give so much pleasure to so many people. Why can I not get some pleasure for myself?"
-John Belushi

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Levi's will use lasers to ethically create the finishes on all of its jeans. he technique will cut out harmful chemicals and reduce labor-intensive steps in producing jean finishes from between 18 to 24 steps to just three.

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Cuba's 'sonic attacks' may have been a side-effect of spying. University of Michigan researchers have theorized that the incidents were really the result of ultrasonic signals from poorly functioning surveillance equipment.

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America first? To the world, it's eighth. The best country in the world is not the United States, according to the recently-released 2018 Best Countries report from U.S. News & World Report. In fact, the U.S. didn't even make the top five. It's ranked number 8, beat out by Switzerland, Canada, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Sweden and Australia, in that order.

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The myth of the hacker-proof voting machine. On election nights, many polling places around the country transmit voting results to their county election offices via modems embedded in or connected to their voting machines. Election officials and vendors insist that the modem transmissions are safe because the connections go over phone lines and not the internet. But as security experts point out, many of the modems are cellular, which use radio signals to send calls and data to cell towers and routers belonging to mobile carriers — Verizon, Sprint, AT&T. These routers are technically part of the internet... Because of this, attackers could theoretically intercept unofficial results as they're transmitted on election night — or, worse, use the modem connections to reach back into election machines at either end and install malware or alter election software and official results.

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United Airlines employees shocked: Bonuses replaced with lottery.

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Amazon will stop selling Nest smart home devices, escalating its war with Google. Amazon's move heats up its war with Google over the future of the smart home. The two are also battling over video devices and services.

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New data helps explain recent fluctuations in earth's magnetic field. "We're getting stronger evidence that there's something unusual about the core-mantel boundary under Africa that could be having an important impact on the global magnetic field."

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New NASA study finds dramatic acceleration in sea level rise. The study, published on Feb. 12 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that in the next 80 years, the sea level may rise by up to 26 inches (65 centimeters) as a result of climate change, cutting much larger chunks from the coastal areas than previously estimated.

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Stephen Hawking explains what happened before Big Bang. TLDR: Not much.

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"With a milling machine, the world is your Lego." "Absurd machine" that blows away 3-D printing.

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