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Published Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 10:16 PM EST
Mar 07 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Thursday, March 8, the 67th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 298 days remaining.

This is the 412th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 95 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $56,102,123. There are 1,049 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to its destination, Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The aircraft has not been recovered, and the cause for the disappearance remains unknown. (full Wikipedia article)

Also on this date:
in 1618, Johannes Kepler discovered the third law of planetary motion;
in 1775, an anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, published "African Slavery in America", the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery;
in 1817, the New York Stock Exchange was founded;
in 1884, Susan B. Anthony addressed the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, arguing for an amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators first introduced a federal women's suffrage amendment;
in 1894, the state of New York enacted the nation's first dog licensing law;
in 1910, French aviator Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to receive a pilot's license;
in 1913, the Internal Revenue Service began to levy and collect income taxes;
in 1917, International Women's Day protests in St. Petersburg marked the beginning of the February Revolution (February 23rd in the Julian calendar);
in 1917, The United States Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule;
in 1936, the first stock car race was held in Daytona Beach, Florida;
in 1946, the first commercial helicopter license was issued (NYC);
in 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional;
in 1957, Egypt re-opened the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis;
in 1959, Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx made their final TV appearance together;
in 1965, 3,500 United States Marines were the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War;
in 1965, The Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda" was released;
in 1971, Joe Frazier won in 15 rounds a unanimous decision over Muhammad Ali in "The Fight of the Century";
in 1974, Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in Paris, France;
in 1978, the first radio episode of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", by Douglas Adams, aired on BBC Radio 4;
in 1979, Philips demonstrated the compact disc publicly for the first time;
in 1983, while addressing a convention of Evangelicals, U.S. President Ronald Reagan labeled the Soviet Union an "evil empire";
in 1987, the last episode of "A Team" aired on NBC;
in 1993, "Beavis and Butthead" premiered on MTV as a series;
in 1996, "Fargo", directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi was released in the US.`

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

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Among other things, today is Girls Write Now Day, International Women's Day, Nametag Day, National Be Nasty Day, National Peanut Cluster Day, National Proofreading Day, Popcorn Lovers Day, and World Kidney Day. (from Checkiday.cm)

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Florida man who killed himself outside the White House investigated. Four days after he fatally shot himself outside the White House, a Florida man's apartment sat untouched by investigators and his roommates had no idea he had died.

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Sir George Henry Martin CBE (January 3, 1926 - March 8, 2016) was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, and musician. He was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle", including by Paul McCartney, in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. Martin produced 30 number-one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number-one hits in the United States. (Full Wikipedia article.)

Quote of the day:

"The funny thing about getting old is you don't basically feel any different. Every time I get up in the morning and look in the mirror, I look at my dad. I say, 'Morning, dad,' and I go on to shave."
-George Martin

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Alexa is randomly laughing, but nobody's in on the joke. Some Alexa users have heard random giggles from the virtual assistant in recent weeks. Moreover, people are saying that the laugh they're hearing isn't in Alexa's usual voice, which makes the experience even creepier. Rise of the machines?

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Sorry, adults, no new neurons for your aging brains. The study of brain samples from 59 people of various ages found no immature neurons in anyone older than 13, scientists report online Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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A glimpse into the bureaucratic hell of denying health insurance claims. "I left the whole industry because of troubling moments when I really felt I'd lost my soul."

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Geek Squad has been turning customer data over to the FBI for more than a decade. Geek Squad employees have been working as FBI informants for more than a decade, newly released documents show, revealing a much closer relationship between the two organizations than formerly reported.

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Trump charges his campaign top dollar to rent a basically empty Trump Tower office. His tiny re-election effort spent more on its monthly rent there than his campaign paid for most of the 2016 run.

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Congratulations, everybody: 'Dumpster fire' is now a dictionary entry, and here's why. When the word or phrase appears in, say, a news article with an explanation of its meaning, then it's on the cusp. What the dictionary makers look for is what comes next, when the "writer presumes that the reader knows what it means."

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Trump spoke to witnesses about matters they discussed with special counsel. The episodes demonstrate that even as the special counsel investigation appears to be intensifying, the president has ignored his lawyers' advice to avoid doing anything publicly or privately that could create the appearance of interfering with it.

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Believe it or not, there was an Apollo astronaut who was allergic to the moon.

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Donald Trump's alias and seven other 'wow' moments from the Stormy Daniels lawsuit. In any other administration, this would be a show stopper. In this one, it's Wednesday.

Trump's response? Trump lawyer Michael Cohen tries to silence adult-film star Stormy Daniels. President Donald Trump's lawyer is trying to silence adult-film star Stormy Daniels, obtaining a secret restraining order in a private arbitration proceeding and warning that she will face penalties if she publicly discusses a relationship with the president.

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Omega-3s aren't so great for your heart after all. Omega-3s were supposed to protect U.S. all from heart disease and other health problems.

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