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Published Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 11:34 AM EDT
Apr 09 2018

Pamela Barkes, 64, of Pittsburgh (formerly of Homestead and South Park), on Sunday, April 8 at ManorCare Health Services in Shadyside after a long illness. She was born in Homestead, PA on April 14, 1953 to the late Hugh and Winifred (Burns) McIlroy and was preceded in death by her brother James McIlroy of British Columbia, who passed in 2016. She is survived by her brother Keith McIlroy of Woodbridge, VA; her sisters Isabel Burke of Ruffsdale, PA; Arlene Clowers of Dallas, TX; Maxine DelGrosso of Elizabeth, PA; and Cynthia Boyle of Greenville, OH; her granddaughters, Leanna Salopek and Joelle Barkes; her daughter Sara Kay (Brian) Salopek of Mount Oliver; her son, Douglas (Angela) Barkes of Castle Shannon; and their father, Kevin Barkes of South Park. At her request, there will be no viewing or services.

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Sassy (3/2/04-03/29/18)
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Published Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 6:38 PM EDT
Mar 29 2018

I took her to the vet right after Christmas. The cough had me worried, and for good reason. The doctor confirmed my suspicion: congestive heart failure. We went home loaded with drugs and the hope the medication would give her a bit more time.

It was only three months, but we took them. Sassy bravely maintained her daily routine, following me around the house, barking to be let out or in, lying next to me on the floor when I dozed on the couch or in bed, sleeping under my desk next to my feet as I worked in my office.

She had to be carried down to my office this morning to take her spot under the desk; she was too weak to navigate on her own. She passed on several opportunities to join the other dogs outside; she seemed satisfied to stay where she was.

Shortly after four I glanced down to look at her. She was lying on her side, her mouth in her resting semi-smile. But her eyes were open and non-blinking. I put my hand on her side- she wasn't breathing.

I've lost a lot of dogs, but this was the first to go naturally, as it were. She wasn't in any obvious distress. When sleep turned into that final deep slumber, she was where she liked to be: under my desk, at my feet.

She was a good girl.

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a little piece of my heart with them and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all of the components of my heart will be dog and I will become as generous and as loving as they are."
–Anonymous

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William Jennings Bryan, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Dylan, 526 consecuative balls
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Published Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:54 PM EDT
Mar 19 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Monday, March 19, the 78th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 287 days remaining.

This is the 423rd day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 96 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $58,821,932. There are 1,038 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 woman was drunk and fell on a goat. When she woke up, the cops had questions.

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On this date in 1977, the final episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show aired on CBS. This was the curtain call for the studio audience.

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On this date:
in 1563, the Edict of Amboise was signed, ending the first phase of the French Wars of Religion and granting certain freedoms to the Huguenots;
in 1649, the House of Commons of England passed an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring it "useless and dangerous to the people of England";
in 1687, explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men;
in 1812, the Cádiz Cortes promulgated the Spanish Constitution of 1812;
in 1822, Boston, Massachusetts incorporated as a city;
in 1831, the City Bank in New York robbed of $245,000: the first U.S. bank robbery;
in 1863, the SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000;
in 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumière recorded their first footage using their newly patented cinematograph;
in 1911, first International Women's Day: over one million men and women attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Issues discussed included women's right to vote and to hold public office, the right to work, to vocational training and an end to discrimination on the job;
in 1918, the U.S. Congress established time zones and approves daylight saving time;
in 1920, the U.S. Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles for the second time (the first time was on November 19, 1919);
in 1928, "Amos & Andy" debuted on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago);
in 1931, gambling was legalized in Nevada;
in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened;
in 1941, World War II: The 99th Pursuit Squadron also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the US Army Air Corps, was activated;
in 1944, World War II: The German army occupies Hungary;
in 1945, World War II: Adolf Hitler issues his "Nero Decree" ordering all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany to be destroyed;
in 1951, Herman Wouk's "Caine Mutiny" published
in 1953, the Academy Awards was telecast nationally for the first time;
in 1954, Willie Mosconi set a world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio. The record remains unbroken;
in 1958, the Monarch Underwear Company fire leaves 24 dead and 15 injured;
in 1962, Bob Dylan released his first album, "Bob Dylan", for Columbia Records;
in 1965, the wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is discovered by teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence, exactly 102 years after its destruction;
in 1966, Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the Final four with an all-black starting lineup;
in 1973, White House counsel Dean told President Richard Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency";
in 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives begins broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable television network C-SPAN;
in 1987, Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as head of the PTL Club due to a brewing sex scandal; he handed over control to Jerry Falwell;
in 2003, the invasion of Iraq by American and British-led coalition bega without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion;
in 2004, a Swedish DC-3 was shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in 1952 over the Baltic Sea was finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the three crewmen are left in place, pending further investigations;
in 2004, Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20;
in 2008, GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed (7.5 billion light years);

More of what happened on March 19 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Act Happy Day, Certified Nurse Day, Client's Day, National Wellderly Day, National Poultry Day, Let's Laygh Day, and National Chocolate Caramel Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 - July 26, 1925) was an American orator and politician from Nebraska. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, standing three times as the party's nominee for President of the United States. He also served in the United States House of Representatives and as the United States Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was often called "The Great Commoner". (Full Wikipedia article.)

Quote of the day:

"Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority."
-William Jennings Bryan (Click here for more quotes)

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This issue is abbreviated because of problems with Windows 10. I won't go into the sordid details, but it looks like I'm going to have to reinstall Windows, which also means reinstalling all of my application software. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

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Grease, lions eat poacher, flu killing 4K a week, invisible oil spill
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Published Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 8:33 PM EST
Feb 12 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Tuesday, February 13, the 44th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 321 days remaining.

This is the 389th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $50,860,444. There are 1,073 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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On this date in 1972, the musical Grease opened on Broadway. It was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago (since demolished). From there, it has been successful on both stage and screen, but the content has been diluted and its teenage characters have become less Chicago habitués (the characters' Polish-American backgrounds in particular are ignored with last names often changed, although two Italian-American characters are left identifiably ethnic) and more generic. At the time that it closed in 1980, Grease's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history. It went on to become a West End hit, a successful feature film, two popular Broadway revivals in 1994 and 2007, and a staple of regional theatre, summer stock, community theatre, and high school and middle school drama groups. It remains Broadway's 15th longest-running show. (Full Wikipedia article)

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Also on this date: In 1578, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe first sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system; in 1663, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun; in 1866, Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri; in 1880, Thomas Edison observes what becomes known as the Edison effect.

More of what happened on February 13 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Dream Your Sweet Dream Day, Employee Legal Awareness Day, Extraterrestrial Culture Day, Get a Different Name Day, International Natural Day, International Pancake Day, Kiss Day, National Tortellini Day, Madly In Love With Me Day, Fat Tuesday, Palentine's Day, World Radio Day, and Pączki Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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Naked woman plows car into Florida day care center.

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Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager ((b. February 13, 1923) is a retired United States Air Force general officer, flying ace and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. (Full Wikipedia article)

Quote of the day:

"If you can walk away from a landing, it's a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it's an outstanding landing."
-Chuck Yeager (Click here for more quotes.)

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Instant karma. Suspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by lions near South African national park. Police say lions attacked and killed the suspected poacher in a private game park, leaving "just his head and some remains."

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The flu is killing up to 4,000 americans a week. The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn't had a chance to develop any defenses.

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A nearly invisible oil spill threatens some of Asia's richest fisheries. A fiery collision that sank an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea a month ago has resulted in an environmental threat that experts say is unlike any before: An almost invisible type of petroleum has begun to contaminate some of the most important fishing grounds in Asia, from China to Japan and beyond.

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Ride-hailing is deepening social and economic inequity in the US. Public transit used to be the great equalizer, but affordable private rides have become the new favorite of the middle class. When richer people give their money to private ride-hailing or carsharing companies, public transit loses money- and that's not good for cities, societies, or the environment.

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The next recession is really gonna suck. The extra help unemployed people got during the Great Recession has emboldened states to mistreat them.

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Why purebred dogs are sick, miserable, and ugly. I suspect humans are involved.

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The White House's problem is dishonesty, not chaos. The fumbling of domestic-violence accusations against Rob Porter is a story about the administration's inability to tell the truth, not its disorganization.

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Facial recognition is accurate, if you're a white guy. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise- up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender.

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New therapy cures cancer with just one injection. A new technique developed by researchers at Stanford University uses two agents which when combined, alert the body's immune system to the presence of cancer, in order to eliminate it. Just one injection can be effective for a solid tumor. Such a targeted approach could limit nasty side effects and may even be more effective than current therapies.

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Where did your pay raise go? It may have become a bonus. A growing preference among employers for one-time awards instead of raises that keep building over time has been quietly transforming the employment landscape for two decades. But it was accelerated by the recession's intensity, which made employers especially cautious about increasing labor costs.

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Lincoln, Rhapsody in Blue, L.L. Bean, buckets of money
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Published Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 7:02 PM EST
Feb 11 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Monday, February 12, the 43rd day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 322 days remaining.

This is the 388th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $52,683,630. There are 1,074 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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(from the 1945 film Rhapsody in Blue)

Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.

Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the piece received its premiere in the concert, "An Experiment in Modern Music", which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano.

The editors of the Cambridge Music Handbooks opined that "The Rhapsody in Blue (1924) established Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works."

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Also on this date: In 1793, the first US fugitive slave law was passed, which required the return of escaped slaves; in 1876, Al Spalding opened his first sporting good shop in Chicago; in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded; in 1950, Senator Joe McCarthy claimed to have a list of 205 communist government employees; in 1999, United States President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

More of what happened on February 12 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Clean Out Your Computer Day, National Freedom to Marry Day, Oglethorpe Day, Lincoln's Birthday, National Plum Pudding Day, Safety Pup Day, Hug Day, NAACP Day, Oatmeal Monday, Shrove Monday, International Darwin Day, National Lost Penny Day, and Paul Bunyan Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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Florida man who hid $22M in Home Depot buckets will keep $4M in plea deal.

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War- its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, paved the way for the abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy. (Full Wikipedia article.)

Quote of the day:

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
-Abraham Lincoln

(Click here for more quotes.)

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NASA budgets for a trip to the moon, but not while Trump is president. The administration is also looking to end American payments for the International Space Station by 2025. The space station is currently scheduled to operate through 2024, but the expectation was that it would be extended through at least 2028.

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Officials confirm that a cyber attack took place during the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. Officials won’t say where the attacks originated.

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Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first thought. Equifax told the US Senate Banking Committee that more data may have been exposed than initially determined. The hack may have compromised more driver's license info, such as the issuing data and host state, as well as tax IDs. In theory, it would be that much easier for intruders to commit fraud. In the meantime, the newly appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has reportedly steered the agency away from a full investigation of Atlanta-based Equifax for its failure to protect Americans’ data. ,

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The US is running out of truckers. The trucking industry is unique because it's the lifeblood of moving goods around the country, representing 70 percent of the nation's freight volume by weight. Without enough trucks and drivers on the road, some combination of things is going to happen: Shipments will be delayed, and producers will have to pay higher prices to get goods to market.

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Why a simple, lifesaving rabies shot can cost $10,000 in America. Untreated rabies is always fatal- but key drugs leave families with thousands in medical debt. In England, the drug to treat rabies exposure costs $1,600. Here, hospitals charge $10,000.

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NSA sent coded messages through Twitter. It's unknown how common this practice is, both on other social networks and from other agencies. However, it wouldn't be surprising if there have been other instances. This lets intelligence bureaus orchestrate clandestine communications with little effort, and no way of knowing about the secret meaning (outside of leaks like this, of course) if you're not directly involved.

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End of an era: L.L. Bean revises its return policy.

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Where is Elon Musk's space Tesla actually going? In a big circle around the sun every 18.8 months, maybe for millions of years.

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Lies, damned lies, and statistics... The Labor Department reported US jobless claims dropped to a near 45-year low. But unemployment stats don't include situations like this.

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Beatles, chocolate, bagels, pizza, alternative vices, toothaches, DUI cartwheels, autonomous passenger-carrying quadcopter, leased body parts, Jimmy Buffett
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Published Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 8:41 PM EST
Feb 08 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Thursday, February 9, the 40th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 325 days remaining.

This is the 385th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $50,895,318. There are 1,077 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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On this date in 1964, over 73 million Americans- about 40% of the entire population- tuned into The Ed Sullivan Show to watch The Beatles perform.

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Also on this date: in 1870, US president Ulysses S. Grant signed a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau; in 1895, William G. Morgan created a game called Mintonette, which later came to be referred to as volleyball; in 1942, year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources; in 1950, Second Red Scare: U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists; and in 1986, Halley's Comet last appeared in the inner solar system.

More of what happened on February 9 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Chocolate Day, International Winter Bike to Work Day, National Bagel Day, National Develop Alternative Vices Day, National Toothache Day, Read in the Bathtub Day, Pizza Pie Day, and The Inbox Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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Florida Man Arrested for DUI Does Cartwheel During Sobriety Test.

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William Henry Harrison Sr. (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military officer, a principal contributor in the War of 1812, and the ninth President of the United States (1841). He was the last president born before the American Revolution, and died of pneumonia just 31 days into his term, thereby serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. He was the first president to die in office, and his death sparked a brief constitutional issue. Its resolution left unsettled Constitutional questions as to the presidential line of succession until the passage of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1967. Harrison was a son of Founding Father Benjamin Harrison V and in turn was the paternal grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd United States President (1889–1893).

Click here for the full Wikipedia article.

Quote of the day:

"I believe that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer."
-William Henry Harrison

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Did the U.S. Air Force bomb a rogue SpaceX booster rocket? The Falcon 9 booster had unexpectedly survived a test and splashed down mostly intact off the coast of Florida.

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Launching a Tesla into a trans-Martian solar orbit is quite a feat, but this seems like it has the potential to really shake things up back here on Terra:

The autonomous, passenger-carrying quadcopter has made over 1,000 test flights with human passengers, including a 984-foot (300-meter) vertical climb, a weight test carrying over 500 pounds (230 kilograms), a routed test flight covering 9.3 miles (15 kilometers), and a high-speed cruising test that reached 80.7 mph (130 km/h). Interested? The company's web site is here.

On February 6, EHANG announced that the EHANG 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle had aced a series of manned flight tests carrying one and two passengers, including EHANG CEO and all the firm's executives, as well as many Guangzhou government officials.

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In Amazon's new sci-fi series, social media destroys the world. With brains wired directly into the net, the problem is no longer fake news- it's sharing true, honest feelings and thoughts, and seeing everyone else's. Understandably, civilization disintegrates.

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Could the sun save us from climate change? Our star may emit seven percent less light by mid-century. It could be what caused the Little Ice Age in the 17th century.

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Jimmy Buffett is not really Jimmy Buffett anymore. He hasn't been for a while. Jimmy Buffett- the nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake, getting drunk and screwing, it's 5 o'clock somewhere Jimmy Buffett- has been replaced with a well-preserved businessman who is leveraging the Jimmy Buffett of yore in order to keep the Jimmy Buffett of now in the manner to which the old Jimmy Buffett never dreamed he could become accustomed. And therein lies the Margaritaville®'s Mesquite BBQ Rub: The more successful you become at selling the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle, the less you are seen as believably living the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.

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Unlike many developed countries, the United States largely does not regulate the sale of donated body parts. Since 2008, Reuters found, U.S. body brokers have exported parts to at least 45 countries, including Italy, Israel, Mexico, China, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Whole bodies are studied at Caribbean-based medical schools. Plastic surgeons in Germany use heads from dead Americans to practice new techniques. Thousands of parts are shipped overseas annually; a precise number cannot be calculated because no agency tracks industry exports.

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Remember that story from the other day, the one about a chemical in McDonald's french fries that could cure baldness? Yeah, about that... Never mind.

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Crushed wood is stronger than steel. A chemical bath and a hot-press can transform wood into a material that is stronger than steel, researchers report. The process, and others like it, could make the humble material an eco-friendly alternative to using plastics and metals in the manufacture of cars and buildings.

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What working in a dark office may do to your brain... "Dim lights are producing dimwits," remarks one researcher studying the connection between light and mental acuity.

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SpaceX sent a nerdy Easter egg into space, but can anyone read it? Tesla wasn't shy about advertising its launch of a Tesla Roadster on board a Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday. But the company was less vocal about that Roadster's secret cargo: a tiny optical disc, known as an Arch (pronounced "ark"). Theoretically, this format of disc can hold 360TB, and the one aboard the launched car contains Asimov's Foundation book trilogy.

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Samsung and Roku smart TVs vulnerable to hacking, Consumer Reports finds. The testing also found that all these TVs raised privacy concerns by collecting very detailed information on their users. Consumers can limit the data collection. But they have to give up a lot of the TVsi functionality—and know the right buttons to click and settings to look for.

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In the heat of the national anthem kneeling controversy, ESPN closed captioning displayed the words "Oer the Land of the Knee," a mistake chalked up to human error. In 2014, WeatherNation was called out at the FCC by rival Weather Channel over some nonsense captioning that included phrases such as "Some orange flames as we head to the weekend. Some nymph restaurants the sun may make for some freaking travel conditions. Nitrates found in a match." IBM thinks the solution to these gaffes is artificial intelligence, specifically its Watson product.

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Was former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards abused before his death? Court documents filed by an adult protective services investigator allege that weeks before the singer's death, Brenda Edwards abused her husband. Edwards died in a Chicago hospital on February 1, 2018, two days before his 75th birthday. He had been battling with meningitis before his death.

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A wedding cake is an 'artistic expression' that a baker may deny to a same-sex couple, California judge rules.

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I think I saw this on Quincy M.E. in the late '70s... Indian man arrested after allegedly selling wife's kidney, which she didn't even know was gone. The sale was to make up for her family's failure to meet dowry demands.

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We're off until Monday. Have a great weekend!

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Good Times, Jules Verne, White House exorcisms, flu shots from Jesus himself
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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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Dickens, Disney, Jones, McCarthy, Fonda, Falcon, Tesla, Nichols, Tsunami, Big Bang, Blazing Saddles
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Published Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 9:15 PM EST
Feb 06 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Wednesday, February 7, the 38th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 327 days remaining.

This is the 383rd day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $50,860,444. There are 1,079 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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What happened on February 7 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is "e" Day, Ballet Day, National Fettucine Alfredo Day, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, International Clash Day, Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day, Rose Day, and Send a Card to a Friend Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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Machete-wielding Florida man attacks coworker in the Keys.

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Charles John Huffam Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.

Read the full Wikipedia article.

Quote of the day:

"Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule."
-Charles Dickens
(More Charles Dickens quotes)

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On this date: In 1904, a fire destroyed 1,500 buildings in Baltimore; in 1936, Felix the Cat debuted; in 1940, Walt Disney's second animated feature, Pinocchio, premiered in New York City; in 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed there were communists in the U.S. State Department; in 1961 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama A String of Beads; in 1964, the Beatles landed at New York's JFK airport for their first US tour;

In 1969, This Is Tom Jones debuted on ABC-TV. It was memorable for its stellar guests This episode alone featured Joey Heatherton, Mary Hopkins, The Moody Blues, Peter Sellers, and Richard Pryor.

Speaking of Richard Pryor, he was one of the writers of the film Blazing Saddles, which was released on this date in 1974. Director Mel Brooks wanted to cast Pryor as Black Bart (Cleavon Little got the part), but Warner Brothers considered him to be unreliable. Watch a 28 minute documentary on the making of this classic:

Roger Ebert gave the film four stars and called it a "crazed grabbag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken. Mostly, it succeeds. It's an audience picture; it doesn't have a lot of classy polish and its structure is a total mess. But of course! What does that matter while Alex Karras is knocking a horse cold with a right cross to the jaw?"

The film grossed $119.5 million at the box office, becoming only the tenth film up to that time to pass the $100 million mark.

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Billed as the world's most powerful booster since NASA's Saturn V, the Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC)- the same site used by NASA's Apollo moon missions and space shuttles- at 3:45 pm EST (2045GMT).

Musk announced in December that the "midnight cherry red" Tesla Roadster convertible, which he owns, would be the first Falcon Heavy payload. Then, on Monday, he revealed another surprise: a spacesuit-clad mannequin called "Starman"(a reference to David Bowie's song "Starman") in the driver's seat, with its right hand on the wheel and left arm resting on the door.

About 28 minutes into today's test flight, the second stage carrying the Roadster shut down its engine, ending the main phase of the Falcon Heavy test flight. If all goes well, the second stage will coast for six hours through Earth's Van Allen belts, regions of extremely high radiation, and then restart its engine to send the Roadster and Starman into orbit around the sun and, in turn, eventually carry the car and Starman about 248 million miles (400 million kilometers) from Earth to the planet Mars.

It also makes that one episode of Voyager a little less odd...

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I'd love to see a shut down if we can't get this stuff taken care of." Sure he would- he could jet back down to Mar a Lago at taxpayer expense and work on setting the record for chief executive who's spent the most time playing golf. Trump spent 93 days on the course so far, or roughly 25% of his total time in office.

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IRS warns tax preparers about a new refund scam. Because these fake returns contained all of the taxpayer's correct information, down to the right number of dependents, the IRS believes the scam started in tax- preparation offices. The agency assumes that the data was compromised because some preparers were taken in by phishing scams that then loaded malicious software onto their computer systems, making all the taxpayer information that was kept by these preparers vulnerable to theft.

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Watch Martin Luther King, Jr. convince Nichelle Nichols not to quit Star Trek on Drunk History. Maybe it's because I'm old and cynical, but I think this is apocryphal. The earliest I recall hearing Ms. Nichols telling the story was in the '90s. One would have expected her to do so much earlier. And there's no corroboration. Hey, I'm cool with it. What's the old saying- never let the truth get in the way of a good story? And at this point, I'm sure Ms. Nichols is certain of her memory.

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Amazon is worth more than Microsoft for the first time. See what you can do if you sell stuff people want and deliver it on time?

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It just snowed in the Sahara Desert for the second time in less than a month. But it's probably nothing.

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Poor Tiffany was just overwhelmed. The $156 million FEMA contract to her one-person company called for 30 million meals for Puerto Ricans. She delivered 50,000.

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AccuWeather warned customers a tsunami was coming- except it was only a test. And I thought the app on my new phone was misconfigured.

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More like a Big Bounce than a Big Bang. Our universe could be expanding and contracting eternally.

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How humans sank New Orleans. Engineering put the Crescent City below sea level. Now, its future is at risk.

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An unexpected country is shifting from oil to renewable: Saudi Arabia. Riyadh plans to build a $300 million solar farm that would generate enough electricity to power 200,000 homes.

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Your cell phone probably won't give you cancer. But it might. Seriously, why do they even bother to do these studies?

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Many animals can count, some better than you. Still, humans have a strong innate number sense, and numerosity is deeply embedded in many aspects of our minds and culture. Researchers have determined that number words for small quantities- less than five- are strikingly similar across virtually every language studied, and the words are among the most stable, unchanging utterances in any lexicon.

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The judge Trump disparaged as 'Mexican' will preside over an important border wall case

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Trump's lawyers don't want the President to appear before Mueller for a very good reason... As anyone who's listened to him talk in public, it's virtually impossible for him not utter at least one lie or absurdity every minute his mouth is moving. As the New York Times puts it, His lawyers are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators.

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Despite decades of design experience and advances in technology, paper jams still persist. solving a jam requires knowledge of physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, computer programming, and interface design. It's the ultimate challenge...

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Bob Marley, self-cloning mutant crawfish, the wonders of polydimethylsiloxane, unrefrigerated pizza is just fine.
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Published Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 11:22 PM EST
Feb 05 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Tuesday, February 6, the 37th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 328 days remaining.

This is the 382nd day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $50,843,007. There are 1,080 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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What happened on February 6 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is African American Coaches Day, International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, Lame Duck Day, Pay A Compliment Day, Ronald Regan Day, and National Frozen Yogurt Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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Florida man with devil horns tattooed on forehead arrested.

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Nesta Robert Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. Beginning in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. Marley's last concert occurred at the Stanley Theater (now called The Benedum Center For The Performing Arts) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1980. Just two days earlier he had collapsed during a jogging tour in Central Park and was brought to hospital where he learned that the cancer had spread to his brain.

Read the full Wikipedia article.

Quote of the day:

"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet."
-Bob Marley
(More Bob Marley quotes)

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On this date: in 1918, British women over the age of 30 got the right to vote; in 1935, the board game "Monopoly" went on sale; in 1943 Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio's "Your Hit Parade"; in 1959, Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit.

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This mutant crayfish clones itself, and it's taking over Europe. Before about 25 years ago, the species simply did not exist. A single drastic mutation in a single crayfish produced the marbled crayfish in an instant. The mutation made it possible for the creature to clone itself, and now it has spread across much of Europe and gained a toehold on other continents. The crayfish lay eggs without mating. The progeny are all female, and each one grows up ready to reproduce.

Sounds vaguely familiar...

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SCOTUS won't block SCOPA gerrymandering decision, which struck down the state's congressional map, saying it "clearly, plainly and palpably" violated the PA Constitution. The court told state lawmakers to redraw the state's 18 House districts, which currently favor Republicans, and it left open the possibility that it would impose its own map. Bush v. Gore notwithstanding, the SCOTUS decision was expected. Unlike other pending redistricting cases, the Pennsylvania court had based its decision solely on the state constitution. On matters of state law, the judgments of state supreme courts are typically final.

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Intel made smart glasses that look normal. Forget Google Glass. This thing beams the image right onto your retina.

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Paul Simon announces 'Homeward Bound' farewell tour. "I've wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I'd consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know."

Another relevant Paul Simon quote from his last tour with Art Garfunkel in the early 2000s: "In terms of quality of work, experience is an advantage. But when the whole culture changes its value system, as ours has been doing, you can evolve in a way that's appropriate for your age and still wind up as an artifact." Simon is 76.

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Scientists may have discovered the first planets outside the Milky Way. Swell. Now how about you get cracking on warp drive?

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New study finds whales and sharks are at major risk because of tiny microplastics in the ocean. Scientists have been studying beached whales who died after ingesting large amounts of plastic bags, but the impact of microplastics are much more nuanced and less obvious. Microplastics can come from consumer goods such as face wash and toothpaste that use them as exfoliants or they can be the product of broken-down plastics. Unlike organic materials, petroleum-based plastics never truly disappear, they photodegrade over hundreds of years, turning into thousands of small plastic bits.

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Chemical in McDonald's fries could cure baldness, study says. Singling out McDonald's is unfair; the chemical, polydimethylsiloxane, is the most widely used silicon-based organic polymer in existence, can be found in shampoos, contact lenses, medical devices, caulking, lubricants,and also gives Silly Putty its characteristic viscoelastic properties.

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Yesterday, we heard the news that coffee was more or less good for you. Today, a cohort study claims those who drink really hot tea face a higher risk of esophogeal cancer, and the risk increases exponentially if they also smoke and drink alcohol. One puzzling question: why did MedScape publish this under News: Psychiatry?

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But perhaps the most life-affirming medical news of the day is that eating unrefrigerated leftover pizza won't kill you. But really, is this news? If old pizza posed a threat, the streets would be littered with the bodies of guys who live alone. And their dogs. Benjamin Chapman, a food safety specialist at North Carolina State University, says that people don't end up getting sick from unrefrigerated pizza often enough for it to be an issue on public health radar. Why not? "It all comes down to water activity," Chapman says. Bread and baked cheese are both too dry to be friendly to germs. Tomato sauce has some moisture, but its acidity probably keeps bacteria in check. So, here's to pizza, the food that has everything: bread, dairy, vegetables, meat, and fungus. (I'm talking about the mushrooms.)

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And finally, the burning question: Is chocolate really healthy for you? Chocolate does indeed have positive health qualities, but you have go dark if you want to attain them. None of this pansy- ass milk chocolate stuff.

Bonus quote of the day:

"Excluding starches, preservatives, emulsifiers and artificial flavoring, Soylent Green is actually less than two percent people."
-John Alejandro King, (The Covert Comic).

Personally, I'm sticking with coffee and unrefrigerated pizza.

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An 'iceberg' of unseen crimes: Many cyber offenses go unreported. Even as certain kinds of crimes are declining, others are increasing- yet because so many occur online and have no geographic borders, local police departments face new challenges not only fighting them, but keeping track of them. Politicians often tout crime declines without acknowledging the rise of new cyber crimes.

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Electric cars could destroy the electric grid- or fix it. Inevitably, we'll find out which prediction is correct.

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U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice. Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, according to people familiar with the matter. Why not? All of our Social Security numbers are on the dark web now, anyway.

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The Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it was up.

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This extreme sect of vegans thinks your baby will destroy the planet. Meet the anti-natalists, people who believe reproduction is wrong.

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Colin Powell aide in The New York Times: I helped sell the false choice of war once. It's happening again.

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Best Buy will stop CD sales as digital music continues to take over. Vinyl aficionados will still find records on sale for the next two years, according to the insiders, although they may have to be sold next to the turntables themselves.

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How about that? 1,508 words, and not a single mention of last night's sporting event. You're welcome.

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Disaster Day, Nutella, Naked workout and Lunch, Smothers Brothers, O Canada, CGI Shatner
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Published Sunday, February 04, 2018 @ 8:47 PM EST
Feb 04 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Monday, February 5, the 36th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 329 days remaining.

This is the 381st day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $50,808,133. There are 1,080 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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What happened on February 5 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is Disaster Day, Move Hollywood and Broadway to Lebanon, Pennsylvania Day, National Chocolate Fondue Day, Western Monarch Day, World Nutella Day, and National Weatherman's Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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A Florida man was working out naked. But that's not the only reason he was arrested.

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William S. Burroughs (February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer and artist. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. He was also briefly known by the pen name William Lee. Burroughs created and exhibited thousands of paintings and other visual art works, including his celebrated 'Gunshot Paintings'.

Read the full Wikipedia article.

Quote of the day:

"I think that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered image and gave the American virtue of irreverence and skepticism back to the people."
-William S. Burroughs
(More Thomas Merton quotes)

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On this date in 1967, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premiered on CBS. Although major ratings success, and the first show to successfully challenge NBC's Bonanza in the Sunday 9 pm time slot, continual conflicts with network executives over content led to its abrupt cancellation after 71 episodes on April 4, 1969 by CBS president William Paley, who cited the Smothers' failure to deliver the shows ten days in advance of their air dates. The lead time permitted CBS' broadcast standards department (censors) and local affiliates to review and remove any segments they found objectionable. The Smothers' sued CBS for breach of contract and, after four years of litigation, a federal court found in the performers' favor and awarded them $776,000 (roughly $4.2 million today). The Smothers returned to network television in 1975 on ABC, but the toned-down program was canceled after 13 weeks. After a 20th anniversary reunion special was a ratings success in 1988, CBS revived the Comedy Hour. Only 21 shows were produced, spread over two seasons, ending in 1989. While nominated for five Emmy awards, its low ratings, shifting time slot, and a Writers Guild strike doomed the effort.

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Rachel Maddow pointed this out on her show on Friday night. Sentence buried in GOP memo may undercut Trump efforts to discredit Russia probe.

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A record label is about to start shipping vinyl copies of NASA's famous golden records. Ozma Records, thanks to a Kickstarter project, found the master tape, obtained copyright permissions, and produced a three-vinyl-LP of the original audio.

The original golden records are on the spacecraft Voyager 1, which is about 13.16 billion miles from Earth, and the slightly slower-moving Voyager 2, some 10.91 billion miles away. No word about CD or streaming releases. Related: where spacecraft go to die. (Yes, the article said "spacecrafts." Phooey on them..

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Is Melania Trump done with The Donald? Get in line, girl.

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Most sports fans root for their favorite teams. Then there are those who build their entire lives around them. And they call Star Trek fans strange.

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Ivanka Trump pales in comparison to first daughter Alice Roosevelt. Alice was a partier, a gambler, a smoker, and an all-around rule-breaker. Her father once said, "I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both." An overseas trip in 1905 turned scandalous. She co-led a diplomatic mission to four Pacific Rim countries and the recently acquired territory of Hawaii as an equal to then-Secretary Of War William Howard Taft. (No first daughter would be given that much authority until first daughter/real first lady/shadow president Ivanka Trump 112 years later.) While at sea, Alice jumped into the ship's pool with her clothes on, inviting Congressman Nicholas Longworth to join her. (They latter married.) She later told Robert Kennedy she only would have considered it scandalous if she had taken off her clothes first.

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Another effect of that big Republican-driven federal income tax cut? The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, an 84 percent jump from last year.

"Oh, I never said that. A newspaper fella misquoted me once, and I thought it sounded so good that I never bothered to deny it. (regarding the attributed quote, 'A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money.' Others claim he made the statement on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.)"
-Everett Dirksen

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The issue is finally settled. Coffee is good for you. More or less.

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Canadian Senate passes bill to make O Canada lyrics gender neutral. There are lyrics other than 'O Canada', followed by humming?

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Fiction is outperforming reality: how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth. Its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos.

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Interstitial quote of the day:

"Nobody loves me but my mama, and she could be jivin' me, too."
-Johnny Holiday

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This is why we can't have nice things. "Anyone who pays for more than half of their stuff in self checkout is a total moron." The banana trick and other acts of self-checkout thievery.

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Here's what happens when your mom or dad steals your identity. At just 4 years old, Kevin Barnaby Jr. has already had two Capital One credit card accounts, $941 in debt, and a $2,911 federal tax lien put on his credit reports. But Kevin, known in his family as KJ, isn't a financial delinquent- one of his family members stole his identity.

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Here's Why Alexa won't light up during Amazon Super Bowl ad. Of course, the story was written prior to the game...

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'Human Uber' lets you pay a stranger to live life for you. ChameleonMask hopes to provide people with human surrogates who would interact with the real world on the customer's behalf, achieving something known as telepresence. To do this, each surrogate would wear a screen on their head that displays the customer's face and plays the customer's voice.

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And speaking of telepresence, William Shatner says CGI technology is the key to his return to Star Trek. Well it certainly isn't his acting.

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Scientists have discovered where anxiety comes from. More accurately, they've identified the area in mouse brains which becomes anxious when you stress a mouse. This could eventually lead to drugs which could attenuate or "switch off" those cells, averting a panic attack.

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Trump to withdraw nomination of climate skeptic as top environmental adviser. President Trump in October appointed Ms. White, a former Texas environmental regulator who has said that carbon dioxide should be considered the "gas of life" rather than a pollutant.

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In the equine environment
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Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 7:14 AM EST
Nov 21 2017

We're not quite back in the saddle, but definitely getting closer to the horse.

I've transitioned back to working at home, but this first week requires effort ironing out the kinks in the arrangement. The good news is that things are going fairly well, and the web version of KGB Report should be back on the air this coming Monday.

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Keep on Truckin'...
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Published Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 9:24 PM EDT
Oct 15 2017

Training for the new job goes well, but is incredibly time-consuming. While I will ultimately be working from home, the need to commute in and out of the downtown robs me of three hours a day; over four, if you include the time required to prepare and decompress. The hours which remain afford little time to prepare the web version of KGB Report. The posting software requires about an hour every time I publish anything, do to re-indexing and other operations.

So, we're going to extend the sabbatical of the web version of KGB Report a bit more. We have some ideas to automate things, but we'll need several free days to implement them.

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Apple Betty Day, Puerto Rico, medical "quilt", naked Florida shooter, fat cancer
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Published Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 7:27 AM EDT
Oct 05 2017

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Today is Thursday, October 5, the 278th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 87 days remaining.

This is the 258th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 64 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $71,723,684. There are 1,203 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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What happened on October 5 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is National Apple Betty Day.

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Police say nude, drunk Florida man fired weapons.

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Quote of the day:

"Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it."
-Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784))
(More Denis Diderot quotes)

Bonus Rex Tillerson/Donald Trump quote:
"He hated it when you called him a moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron."
-from "The Catcher in the Rye" (J.D. Salinger)

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On this date in 1969, Monty Python's Flying Circus began airing on the BBC.

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Ivanka, Trump Jr. were nearly charged with fraud in 2012: report. Trump Soho wasn't even in Soho.

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Tillerson’s news conference only highlights strains with Trump. He didn't call him a moron. He called him an effing moron.

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New tropical depression poses weekend threat to Gulf Coast. It's supposed to reach Pittsburgh on Tuesday, when I need to go downtown. Of course.

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Millions of life years saved if smokers switch to vaping. An ER nurse told me this five years ago. Coincidentally, I was there being treated for pneumonia.

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Stretchy glue heals wounds in 60 seconds. The injectable glue, MeTro, is based on a naturally occurring protein called tropaelastin. It is applied directly to the wound and is then activated with UV light to form a complete seal, eliminating the need for staples or stitches. Its elasticity means it's designed to work well on shape-changing internal organs like the lungs and heart.

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Research indicates you can cut your risk of depression in half by doing this one thing. Not reading articles like this one?

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CDC: 40 percent of cancers linked to obesity, overweight. Which means normal and skinny people get 60 percent of cancers, right?

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A mother refused to follow a court order to vaccinate her son. Now she’s going to jail. Speaking of which, I got my flu shot yesterday. Since I'm going to be riding the train and working in the downtown, I need to protect myself...

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Siri briefly thought Bulgaria's national anthem was 'Despacito'. But it did pronounce both correctly.

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Cats kill one million birds a day in Australia. Well, yeah, but it's Australia, you know?

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'Alien Megastructure' ruled out for some of star's weird dimming. It's just dust. Sorry, Ringworld fans.

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No, a second gunman did not shoot from the fourth floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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Tacos and vodka day, Leave it to Beaver, blaming evil, the flu, CAT to triple, electricity from tears, the "honorable" Tim Murphy
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Published Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 3:51 AM EDT
Oct 04 2017

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Today is Wednesday, October 4, the 277th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 88 days remaining.

This is the 257th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 64 days at golf courses. There are 1,203 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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What happened on October 4 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is National Taco Day. Click the link to see places to get free and discounted tacos. It's also National Vodka Day, although I couldn't find any places giving out free samples.

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Drunken Florida man returns fire at neighbor family doing some backyard target practice.

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Quote of the day:

"Get as mad as you like but never get off the payroll."
-Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 – December 10, 1946))
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On this date in 1957, Leave it to Beaver premiered on CBS. In its first season on CBS (1957–58), the show received only fair Nielsen ratings and CBS canceled it. ABC then picked up the program, and although the series never entered the list of the top 30 television shows, its ratings warranted a five-year run. By the start of the 1962–63 season, the show was reaching an impasse. The series was still popular with audiences, but Jerry Mathers wanted to retire from acting at the end of the sixth year to attend regular high school.

The show's cultural impact was such that 25 years after its premiere, it was still fodder for satirical take-offs:

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The impotence of blaming 'evil.' "One of government's core functions is to regulate evil."

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States gird for worst as Congress wrestles with children's insurance program. I guess the GOP figures if you eliminate them when they're young, they won't burden Medicare later...

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CNN claims Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), popular with pro-life movement, urged abortion in affair, texts suggest. This bozo is my Congressman, who ran unopposed in the last general election. Fortunately, the Democrats will have a viable candidate next year. And lest you think my dislike is from his current behavior, check out this letter to the editor I wrote back in 2012 (it's the third one down). Not surprisingly, I never received a response. I'd love to join the merry folk posting nasty things on his Facebook page but, alas, my comments are still disabled. Pop over and let the good Congressman know what you think. And say hi for me.

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Five things you need to know about the flu.

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Better buckle up. Clear air turbulence is set to triple due to climate change, scientists warn.

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There's new evidence that life on Earth began with meteorites crashing into warm little ponds. A new study suggests meteorites may have delivered compounds that could have led to the formation of RNA (a cousin of DNA) in ponds all over the Earth.

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Forget the Yellowstone supervolcano... A huge Siberian eruption almost sterilized the Earth in the Great Permian Extinction 252 million years ago. Wikipedia says it was the Earth's most severe known extinction event, with up to 96% of all marine species and 70% of terrestrial vertebrate species becoming extinct. It is the only known mass extinction of insects. Some 57% of all families and 83% of all genera became extinct. Because so much biodiversity was lost, the recovery of life on Earth took significantly longer than after any other extinction event, possibly up to 10 million years.

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This year's Harvest Moon is kind of special. But it's still just another full moon.

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Scientists can now produce electricity from tears. If they could generate it from stupidity, we'd really be in business.

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This is what it looks like when the president asks people to snitch on their neighbors. In April, the Trump Administration launched what it called the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) hotline, with a stated mission to “provide proactive, timely, adequate, and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens.” But internal logs of calls to VOICE... show that hundreds of Americans seized on the hotline to lodge secret accusations against acquaintances, neighbors, or even their own family members, often to advance petty personal grievances.

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'This is a travesty:' Lawmakers grill former Equifax chief executive on breach response Also: Equifax says 2.5 million more may have been swept up in massive data breach. .Equifax? Small potatoes. Yahoo triples likely scope of 2013 hack to 3 billion users.

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Your birth month can determine what diseases you'll likely develop. The reason is, environmental factors the developing fetus is exposed to, can affect the child's health later on. Babies born in summer or fall for instance, are more likely to develop asthma since the mother, pregnant mostly through winter, had a higher risk of catching a cold or the flu.

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National Butterfly And Hummingbird Day, Captain Kangaroo, Las Vegas, incoming asteroid
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Published Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:14 AM EDT
Oct 03 2017

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Today is Tuesday, October 3, the 276th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 89 days remaining.

This is the 256th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,204 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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What happened on October 3 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Butterfly And Hummingbird Day.

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Florida man with machete accused of starting police chase over potato chips.

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Quote of the day:

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests."
-Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 - July 31, 2012)
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On this date in 1955, Captain Kangaroo premiered on CBS. The show was conceived and the title character was played by Bob Keeshan, who based the show on "the warm relationship between grandparents and children". Keeshan had portrayed the original Clarabell the Clown on The Howdy Doody Show when it aired on NBC. Captain Kangaroo had a loose structure, built around life in the "Treasure House" (later known as "The Captain's Place") where the Captain (the name "kangaroo" came from the big pockets in his coat) would tell stories, meet guests, and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. Keeshan performed as the Captain more than 9000 times over the nearly 30-year run of the show.

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Another "worst mass shooting in U.S. history," and again, it's the late night comedians who address the issue most succinctly:

Fake news about the Las Vegas shooting spread wildly on Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, there can be no truce with the second amendment.

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Asteroid TC4: 100 foot-wide space rock poised to come within 27,000 miles of earth. An asteroid measuring between 30 feet and 100 feet is set to pass Earth on October 12 at a distance of 27,000 miles—about an eighth of the distance to the Moon. This makes it one of the largest close approach asteroids to brush past Earth this year, and presents NASA with a valuable opportunity: To test out its planetary defense systems. We're working on planetary defense against asteroids. Gun violence, not so much.

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Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine. Now anti-vaxxers around the world have something to be universally frightened about. Significantly, the new vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to boost virus-killing T-cells, instead of antibodies. Previous research has shown such T-cells can help fight more than one type of flu virus.

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Fried scallops, Red Lobster terrorism in Florida, Groucho, Twilight Zone, Trump, giant rats
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Published Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Oct 02 2017

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Today is Monday, October 2, the 275th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 90 days remaining.

This is the 255th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,205 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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What happened on October 2 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Fried Scallops Day.

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Florida Man Threatens Red Lobster: 'I Work For the Taliban, and I Have a Bomb in This Bag.'

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Quote of the day:

"I got $25 from Reader's Digest last week for something I never said. I get credit all the time for things I never said. You know that line in You Bet Your Life? The guy says he has seventeen kids and I say: 'I smoke a cigar, but I take it out of my mouth occasionally?' I never said that."
-Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 - August 19, 1977)
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On this date in 1959, Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" premiered on CBS. Serling served as executive producer and head writer; he wrote or co-wrote 92 of the show's 156 episodes. He was also the show's host and narrator, delivering monologues at the beginning and end of each episode.

This video is from the series' reboot in the 1980s, and is one of my favorites:

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Oh good God... Donald Trump tweets Rex Tillerson is 'wasting his time' trying to avoid nuclear war.

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White House faces messaging battle on Puerto Rico. Related: Puerto Rico prepares for landfall of dangerous mass of hot air on Tuesday.

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Do you have true friendships? Aristotle thinks you don't.

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Large solar storm sparks global aurora and doubles radiation levels on the Martian surface. "If you were outdoors on a Mars walk and learned that an event like this was imminent, you would definitely want to take shelter, just as you would if you were on a space walk outside the International Space Station..."

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Cow farts may have had a far bigger impact on global warming than we thought possible. The findings, published in the journal Carbon Balance and Management, claims that we may have been off in our calculations of methane emissions from livestock by a staggering 11 percent.

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How America's vision of progressive tax reform died. Tax reform once meant raising tax rates on wealthier Americans and closing loopholes that benefited powerful economic interests, all with the goal of redistributing income from the top to the middle and bottom income brackets. Until the 1980s, a progressive tax system was seen as the best mechanism for diminishing the gap that existed between the wealthiest and poorest Americans, while funding a social safety net to shore up the middle class and fund the military. Today, not so much.

Related: President Trump probably was untruthful when he insisted last week that his tax plan "is not good for me." Ya think?

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White supremacists freak out when DNA testing reveals they aren't 100% white. Poor babies. Personally, I have no desire to know my DNA ancestry. I'm human. That's enough.

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NFL teams show unity in response to anthem uproar. An uproar which originated with a distracted, incompetent President.

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Trump told aides to portray him to foreign leaders as 'crazy guy' who is erratic and unpredictable. Gee. He can be honest.

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Trump takes on all comers, believing himself the victor. Never mind that opponents, independent analysts and even some of his own advisers winced at his latest outbursts. Whether it was blasting the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, or excoriating kneeling football players or undercutting his own secretary of state, Mr. Trump was convinced that he was putting points on the board, according to those close to him.

Because he's a dotard. Thanks, Rocket Man.

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'It will be momentous': Supreme Court embarks on new term. That's one adjective. I can think of several more.

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Hugh Hefner laid to rest in ultra-private ceremony. His crypt is directly to the left of Marilyn Monroe's; he bought the burial spot for $75k in 1992.

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Scientists have identified the hormones that make some dogs aggressive when they are leashed, paving the way for therapies to prevent pets from attacking passing animals or people.

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New giant rat species in Solomon Islands is four times the size of regular rats. At 19-inches-long, the new giant rat species... also happens to be the first new rat species discovered in the area in about eight decades.

Wow. Their Habitrails must be immense.

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A senior astronomer at the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute believes we are just decades away from confirming the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life. "I don't know about contact. I mean if they're 500 light years away ... you'll hear a signal that'll be 500 years old, and if you broadcast back 'Hi we're the Earthlings, how're you doing?'- it'll be 1,000 years before you hear back from them. If you ever hear back from them. So, it's not exactly contact, but at least you know they're there."

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News flash: European scientists agree: homeopathy is pure quackery.

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Strawberry Cream Pie Day, TNG anniversary, tax cut lies, the rabbit died.
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Published Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:49 AM EDT
Sep 28 2017

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Today is Thursday, September 28, the 271st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 94 days remaining.

This is the 251st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,209 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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What happened on September 28 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is Strawberry Cream Pie Day.

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Florida man accidentally texts cop to see if he wants to buy pot.

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Quote of the day:

"The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late."
-Seymour Cray (September 28, 1925 - October 5, 1996)
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On this date in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation, premiered in syndication. In its seventh season, it became the first and only syndicated television series to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. The series received a number of accolades throughout its run, including 19 Emmy Awards, two Hugo Awards, five Saturn Awards, and a Peabody Award.

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Trump tax plan benefits wealthy, including Trump.. Fact-checking Trump's claims from his speech on taxes.

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Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder and pop culture icon, dead at 91.

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McConnell, GOP Senate brace for Roy Moore. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies are coming to grips with the fact that the next GOP colleague in their club is likely to be a conservative firebrand who the No. 2 Senate Republican just last week said would not be a reliable member of the conference.

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Russia relied heavily on Twitter to sway the 2016 vote, and the subterfuge continues: Fake accounts even stoked furor over N.F.L. protests.

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A budget airline and EV startup want to bring electric airplanes to the skies. U.S.-based startup Wright Electric and British budget airline easyJet have announced a partnership to build electric airplanes. The goal is for the all-electric plane to be capable of ferrying 150 people on flights under 300 miles.

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James Cameron doubles down on 'Wonder Woman' critique, details the 'Avatar' sequels. Also announces Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton will return in new Terminator trilogy.

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Gravitational waves detected by two observatories after black holes collide. Gravitational waves were first predicted by Albert Einstein, who showed that space is not a void in which cosmic events take place, but more like a fabric that can be curved, stretched and otherwise warped by gravity. Black holes warp space-time like a bowling ball on a rubber sheet. Einstein also showed that time is part of this universal fabric, such that the warping of space can also warp the passage of time for an observer. He dubbed this universal fabric "space-time."

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If you're happy and you know it, get a flu shot. If you want to have the best fighting chance at the flu, it might help to get your shot when you’re feeling especially jolly. I'm doomed.

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In our troubled world, disaster movies are becoming obsolete. Perhaps it's time for disaster film-makers to address why our world is so messed up, rather than imagining how much worse it could be.

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Medical error: this lung cancer tumor was actually a tiny toy cone inhaled 40 years ago.

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Tonight Show; GOP caves on ACA, turns to taxes; get paid to sue Equifax; software will kill us all
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Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 9:38 AM EDT
Sep 27 2017

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Today is Wednesday, September 27, the 270th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 95 days remaining.

This is the 250th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,210 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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What happened on September 27 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is the birthday of National Chocolate Milk Day.

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Florida man arrested for acting like stunt driver in Publix parking lot.

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Quote of the day:

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy."
-Samuel Adams (September 27, 1722 - October 2, 1803)
(More Samuel Adams quotes)

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On this date in 1957, Tonight Starring Steve Allen, premiered on NBC. It was the first version of what eventually became known as The Tonight Show. Tonight was the first late-night talk show, as well as the first late night television series of any time to achieve long-term success. Allen's run as host of the show lasted for two and a half seasons, beginning in fall 1954 and ending with Allen's departure in January 1957.

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GOP repeal and replace is dead again... The Senate won't vote on its latest bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy announced this afternoon. "We don't have the votes," Cassidy announced after a lunch with Republican senators. "Am I disappointed? Absolutely."

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Republicans agree to raise bottom tax rate, double standard deduction. Top White House and GOP leaders have agreed to raise the lowest individual tax rate from 10 to 12 percent, paired with doubling the standard deduction.

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Twitter explains why it won't take down Trump's North Korea tweet. Apparently the threatening ravings of a madman is "newsworthy."

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A legal startup will pay for you to sue Equifax. The company will mail you a check to pay for a small claims court filing fee (generally between $70 and $100), and will give you a pre-filled legal complaint to send to the court. If you win, they will take 30 percent of the judgment. "If there's a massive citizens' protest, they can't have their officers show up to every small claims court in the country."

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New 'Star Trek: Discovery' series boldly goes up most pirated list. The premiere episode, called "The Vulcan hello," is the 12th most pirated video on listing at The Pirate Bay, the most popular search engine for finding illicitly uploaded TV shows and movies.

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Twitter to test doubling tweet length to 280 characters. Because it's hard to run a country with 140 character messages?

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A nation of snowflakes... The greatest threats to free speech in America come from the state, not from activists on college campuses.

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The coming software apocalypse. Don't worry about asteroids and climate change. There's a good chance the software in your car will kill you first.

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Earth shines in flyby photo snapped by NASA asteroid probe.

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Texas woman dies of flesh-eating bacteria after Harvey.

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STD rates continue to skyrocket in the United States. New cases of the three most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States have hit a record high, according to this year's Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Cancer warnings on coffee may be coming to California. Of course, just about every building in California sports a sticker saying it may contain carcinogenic materials. I'll take my chances.

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North Korea taps GOP analysts to better understand Trump and his messages. Maybe they'll clue us in, as well...

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Taking antidepressants long-term may increase your risk of death significantly. Not counting suicide, of course. Related: Chocolate: a dangerous drug?

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Johnny Appleseed, Beverly Hillbillies, late night united, the dope on Snopes, lunar lava tubes, the paranormal
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Published Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 6:44 AM EDT
Sep 26 2017

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Today is Tuesday, September 26, the 269th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 98 days remaining.

This is the 249th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,211 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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What happened on September 26 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is the birthday of Johnny Appleseed.

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Florida man robs bank, makes stop at KFC.

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Quote of the day:

"Half of the harm that is done in the world is due to people who want to feel important."
-T.S. Eliot (September 26, 1888 - January 4, 1965)
(More T.S. Eliot quotes)

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On this date in 1962, the The Beverly Hillbillies premiered on CBS.

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Late night comedians again offer the most trenchant coverage of Trump's antics:

"Let's just step back and consider how embarrassing it is that news anchors now have to introduce comments from the President by warning little children to leave the room."

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It's wrong to do it in the streets
It's wrong to do it in the tweets
You cannot do it on the field
You cannot do it if you've kneeled
And don't do it if you're rich
You ungrateful son of a bitch
Because there's one thing that's a fact:
You cannot protest if you're black.

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"The stakes were high for Number 45, loser of four consecutive Obamacare repeals..."

"How was your weekend? I watched the news, then to cheer up I watched Ken Burns' 'Vietnam.' Slightly less divisive time in our nation's history..."

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Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel stayed focused on health care:

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And Jordan Klepper joined the fray, following The Daily Show on Comedy Central:

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Health bill appears dead as pivotal G.O.P. senator declares opposition. Frankly, I'd like to see one more... Rand Paul has flipped before.

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Trump sees advantage in attacking NFL, NBA. Many Republicans believe Trump's comments will energize a base fed up with protests by millionaire players that many can't afford to go see, pushing back against the notion that the fight will turn more Americans against the president.

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Snopes and the search for facts in a post-fact world. An interesting history of the Internet's oldest fact checker.

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At least six white house advisers used private email accounts. Should we start chanting "lock them up" now?

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Why it's so risky for heart patients to stop taking a daily aspirin. I actually have first-hand knowledge of this. A friend's ex-wife stopped her low-dose aspirin regimen after reading a magazine article about stomach ulcers. Six weeks later she was in the hospital with a heart attack. A study showed people who stopped taking aspirin for whatever reason had a 37% higher rate of heart problems including heart attack and stroke, compared to those who continued regularly taking the drug. Aspirin is an important part of preventive heart treatment. Doctors believe aspirin can lower the risk of blood clots by preventing platelets from clumping together. It also works to reduce inflammation, another process that in recent years has been linked to a number of chronic diseases, including heart problems since inflammation can increase the formation of unstable plaques within blood vessel walls.

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Puerto Rico's Arecibo radio telescope suffers hurricane damage. The observatory, which was used as the backdrop for the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995) and the 1997 movie Contact, starring Jodie Foster, was built in 1963 and has a number of firsts to its credit: it found the first planets around other stars, was the first to image an asteroid and discovered more exotic objects, such as the first binary pulsar. But the aging facility's funding from the National Science Foundation has been under review for the past few years, and it's unclear how the cost of any repairs might affect that discussion.

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Sort of cheerful news: Hidden lava tubes on Moon, Mars can serve as human habitats. Lava tubes are environments shielded from cosmic radiation and protected from micrometeorites flux, potentially providing safe habitats for future human missions.

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Ten creepy and totally unexplainable paranormal stories. If you rule out coincidence and self-delusion. Related: Deathbed visions. They are, in fact, more common than you might think and are surprisingly similar across nationalities, religions, and cultures.

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Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison. The ex-congressman pleaded guilty to charges tied to sending lewd texts to a minor.

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The NFL beat Trump. Soundly. Throughout the nation and in London, the league responded to President Trump's scathing, profane and ignorant criticism by showing him two things he can neither comprehend nor inspire as a leader: empathy and unity.

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Barack Obama tried to give Mark Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook. Zuckerberg acknowledged the problem posed by fake news. But he told Obama those messages weren't widespread on Facebook and that there was no easy fix, according to people briefed on the exchange, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of a private conversation.

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Star Trek: Discovery goes out boldly, but we still don't know where to yet. Personally, I'm going to wait until it shows up on Netflix.

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The 1950s educational films that taught kids how to live. They looked dumb when they were shown to us in the 60s and 70s. They're even worse today.

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One Hit Wonder Day, Evita, NoKo strike "inevitable", no crops remain in Puerto Rico, is Trump nuts, or is it all of us?
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Published Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 3:11 AM EDT
Sep 25 2017

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Today is Monday, September 25, the 268th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 97 days remaining.

This is the 248th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,212 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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What happened on September 25 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is One Hit Wonder Day.

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O.J. Simpson says he will return to Florida when released from prison. Of course he will.

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Quote of the day:

"It's very hard for me to be silly about Superman, because I've seen firsthand how he actually transforms people's lives. I have seen children dying of brain tumors who wanted as their last request to talk to me, and have gone to their graves with a peace brought on by knowing that their belief in this kind of character really matters. It's not Superman the tongue-in-cheek cartoon character they're connecting with; they're connecting with something very basic: the ability to overcome obstacles, the ability to persevere, the ability to understand difficulty and to turn your back on it."
-Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004)
(More Christopher Reeve quotes)

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On this date in 1979, the musicalEvita premiered on Broadway.

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Seth Meyers sums up last week in his Friday monologue:

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North Korea’s top diplomat says strike against U.S. mainland is 'inevitable'. Happy Monday.

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Puerto Rico’s agriculture and farmers decimated by Maria. "There will be no food in Puerto Rico. There is no more agriculture in Puerto Rico. And there won’t be any for a year or longer."

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The civil rights and Vietnam protests changed America. Today, they might be illegal. An insidious problem is developing in dozens of states where legislatures are considering- and sometimes approving- new laws that restrict free speech.

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New version of health-care bill will help Alaska and Maine- home of two holdout senators. Now would be an excellent time to let your senators know how you feel.

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Self-driving cars will kill people. Who decides who dies? A computer assisted with input from the legal system doesn't sound too good.

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Trump's suggestion NFL owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem resulted in a major backlash prior to yesterday's games. And Why is Kaepernick taking a knee different from when Tebow does it?

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Cynicism is killing our democracy. Only political participation can save it. "History is decided by the people that show up," and about 60 million people- about 1/5th of the country- showed up to vote for a boorish reality TV star with no experience in politics. Related: Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in.

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What might life on other planets look like? Depends on the makeup budget?

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A (weird) Q&A with the Carnegie Mellon professor who created the emoticon, 35 years later.

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The White House announced a new travel ban targeting seven countries, including Iran and North Korea. This ban is considered indefinite. Trump’s original travel ban, which caused chaos at airports earlier this year and set off a furious legal challenge to the president’s authority, expired on Sunday even as the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about its constitutionality on Oct. 10. The new bans will take effect Oct. 18.

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The next mass species extinction will start within upcoming hundred years. The increasing level of carbon in the oceans is predicted to be the reason behind this sixth mass extinction.

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Fish have complex personalities. For fish.

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Fossilized poo reveals vegetarian dinosaurs had a taste for crabs. The work suggests that big herbivorous dinosaurs sometimes munched on crustaceans, likely to get extra protein and calcium into their bodies before laying eggs.

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Pigs at Maryland county fair test positive for swine flu.

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The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. Sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer's. Related: Meet the first brainless animal that sleeps.

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Bedbug invasion: You may think that bedbugs, whose bites can cause red, itchy welts, are found only in unsavory hotel rooms and apartment buildings. But they’ve been spotted on trains and airplanes, in movie theater seats, offices, schools, libraries- even restaurants.

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NASA explains why the world didn't end on Saturday.

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String cheese day, another GOP attack on ACA, natural disasters, impending Rapture, America tastes like chicken.
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Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 4:06 AM EDT
Sep 20 2017

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Today is Wednesday, September 20, the 263rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 102 days remaining.

This is the 243rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,217 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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What happened on September 20 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National String Cheese Day.

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Florida man, 70, charged after machete fight in Bank of America parking lot.

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Quote of the day:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
-Upton Sinclair (September 20, 1878 - November 25, 1968)
(More Upton Sinclair quotes)

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On this date in 1973, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes" tennis match.

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Apologies for the lack of a web-based Report yesterday. Comcast/Xfinity was down from about midnight until early this morning, doing "scheduled" maintenance. Maybe it was on their schedule, but it wasn't on mine. How about a heads up, fellas? A reminder- KGB Report's Facebook page is updated regularly with new posts. Even when broadband is out, we can update the Facebook page with smartphone-generated posts. Alas, the website requires full broadband access for update.

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Why does it seem that Late Night comedians are the only group actively follwing the machinations of Washington politics?

A bipartisan push to fix Obamacare is dead as the GOP makes another attempt to repeal the affordable care act. Time to contact your Republican senators...

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President Trump delivered his first address to UN on Tuesday, threatening North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. As a friend on Facebook noted, all that was missing was him pounding his shoe on the podium.

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As Category 5 Maria continues to chew up the island nations of the south Atlantic, its leaders seek international funding for hurricane recovery. The entire population of the small island of Barbuda relocated to Antigua. Not a single person remains on Barbuda, which estimates $300 million will be required to rebuild. And over a hundred are dead in a 7.4 earthquake that struck near Mexico City.

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Of course, the epitome of natural disasters is scheduled for this September 23, which is supposed to be either the Rapture or the end of the world. Here's what it's going to look like. Hopefully the real thing will have a larger budget.

Personally, I don't think this will happen, because a just and loving God would not end the world the day before the premiere of a new Star Trek television series. And if there is no God, then this Rapture business is all nonsense, right?

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If you are what you eat, America tastes like chicken.

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Cargo ships trigger lightning storms. Nah, humans have no effect on the environment...

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Networks pass on Sean Spicer for paid contributor role. They say he has a "lack of credibility." Go figure.

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Before Bigfoot and Yeti, there was the legendary Wampahoofus of Vermont.

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It would appear humans aren't the only tool-using primates pushing other species into extinction.

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Not drinking, driving, dating, or working for pay, teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood.

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Donald Trump, Jr. and Kellyanne Conway have dropped their Secret Service protection, Trump Jr. over "privacy concerns." Conway's protection had been ordered by the President due to threats she had received. Her threat level has apparently decreased.

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Blade Runner 2049 remains the rarest of Hollywood propositions: an R-rated, $150 million sequel to a movie that not a lot of people liked (or even fully understood) when it first came out. It's an even darker vision of the future than the original, amping up the dystopic futurism-funk that bombed with moviegoers and critics back in 1982. Wired takes a look at the history sci-fi dystopia.

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National Cheeseburger Day, Emmys, hurricane debris, super AIs, Oliver Stone is a Buddhist?
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Published Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 5:04 AM EDT
Sep 18 2017

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Today is Monday, September 18, the 261st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 104 days remaining.

This is the 241st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,221 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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What happened on September 18 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Cheeseburger Day. Click on the link for places with cheeseburger deals.

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Irma dredges up snakes, alligators, and, of course, the 'Florida Man.'

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Quote of the day:

"One needs solitude and quiet to think. The cacophony of modern culture is designed to make that impossible."
-Chris Hedges
(More Chris Hedges quotes)

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On this date in 1977, the US Voyager I space probe takes the first space photograph of Earth & Moon together.

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Here's a list of last night's Emmy winners. Good God, I'm getting old... I've only watched a handful of them...

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Where do they put eight million cubic yards of toxic hurricane debris? You don't want to know.

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I suspect I might get further in job interviews if they were being conducted by an artificial intelligence chatbot. That is, of course, until they see the year I graduated from high school.

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Speaking of AI, why superintelligent AI could be the last human invention. It's not as terrifying as it sounds, until the author compares teaching super AIs to raising children. We're doomed.

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How to calm anxiety in uncertain times, according to this famous Buddhist. There are famous Buddhists? It turns out the list includes Tiger Woods, Keanu Reeves, k.d. lang, Richard Gere, Oliver Stone, and Steve Jobs. But they didn't write this piece.

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Verizon has decided to abruptly cut off wireless internet to some 8,500 rural customers in 13 states, saying their heavy data use had made it impossible to profit off of the accounts—even though many of the users had purchased unlimited plans.

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Governments suing public records requesters. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number of school districts, municipalities and state agencies have filed lawsuits against people making the requests- taxpayers, government watchdogs and journalists who must then pursue the records in court at their own expense.

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Trump shares GIF of himself striking Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball. Oh, yeah. He's presidential.

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To make their tax plan work, Republicans eye a favorite blue-state break: deductions for state and local taxes could be eliminated.

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Don't have enough to worry about? How about a list and photos of the worst human parasites?

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Add to the list of things you didn't know was a thing: Use of deer-attractant scents growing more controversial.

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US Army kills enlistment contracts for hundreds of immigrant recruits. Some face deportation. "It's a dumpster fire ruining people's lives. The magnitude of incompetence is beyond belief."

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The big question as the United Nations gathers: what to make of Trump? More accurately, how badly will he embarrass us?

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$5K Hillary hair bounty, Mork and Mindy, smartphones make you mentally ill, the fantasy-industrial complex
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Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 12:12 AM EDT
Sep 14 2017

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Today is Thursday, September 14, the 257th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 108 days remaining.

This is the 237th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,225 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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What happened on September 14 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Cream-Filled Donut Day.

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Florida Man drives Can-Am right into swimming pool without even spilling his beer. “Would you like for me to hold your beer?” offers a kind soul nearby. “No, I got this,” said the true, honest-to-goodness Florida Man man atop a camo-print 2013 Can-Am XMR 1000 at the bottom of the pool.

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Quote of the day:

"We cannot abdicate our conscience to an organization, nor to a government. 'Am I my brother's keeper?' Most certainly I am! I cannot escape my responsibility by saying the State will do all that is necessary."
-Albert Schweitzer
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On this date in 1978, Mork and Mindy premiered on ABC-TV.

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In one of the stranger stories of the day, "Pharmacy Bro" Martin Shkreli is jailed for offering to pay $5,000 to anyone who could obtain a hair from Hillary Clinton. No explanation available for why Shkreli wants the hair, which he said must contain a follicle to get the cash.

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Smartphones could be leading to a mental health crisis. And no, it's not from labeling someone willing to pay a thousand dollars for an iPhone as being insane. This guy claims technology is making millennials unhappy and unprepared to be adults.

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The fantasy-industrial complex: how America got lost inside a dream. Where America really went haywire, author Kurt Andersen explains, is when the cult of celebrity and the cult of capitalism merged: it was the opening of Disneyland in 1955. A bizarre reality where advertising met animation. You could buy real wares, from fake characters, in real stores, with make-believe themes.

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U.S. moves to ban Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage. There's a good chance you may have their security software on your PC. But don't worry, the NSA already knows everything about you.

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Russia isn't the only country that tries to tamper with foreign politics. Reagan documents shed light on U.S. 'meddling'. "Secret" documents, recently declassified by the Reagan presidential library, reveal senior White House officials reengaging a former CIA "proprietary," The Asia Foundation, in "political action," an intelligence term of art for influencing the actions of foreign governments.

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Pelosi and Schumer say they have deal with Trump to replace DACA. Democratic leaders on Wednesday night declared that they had a deal with President Trump to quickly extend protections for young undocumented immigrants and to finalize a border security package that does not include the president's proposed wall. Trump appears to be stepping up his courtship of House and Senate Democrats.

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Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn't work. A Yale survey of 7,500 people shows little benefit, and possible detriments, to fact-check programs.

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Good bye, Cassini. The spacecraft's mission will come to an end with a plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, which will destroy the spacecraft launched in 1997.

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Why the underfunded 2020 census is a civil rights issue. The census is in klaxon-level trouble. The decennial census, that once-every-ten-years count of the American population, is drastically underfunded. And what happens if it's underfunded? A lot of people don't get counted, so they don't get what they need in terms of hospitals, schools, roads, emergency services, healthcare, social services- the census numbers are the starting point for allocating more than $600 billion of federal funding every year.

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Hackers attacking US and European energy firms could sabotage power grids. Cybersecurity firm Symantec says 'Dragonfly' group has been investigating and penetrating energy facilities in US, Turkey and Switzerland.

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Equifax faces multibillion-dollar lawsuit over hack. Class action seeking to represent 143 million consumers alleges company didn't spend enough on protecting data.

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Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember.

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Hackers have already started to weaponize artificial intelligence. Last year, two data scientists from security firm ZeroFOX conducted an experiment to see who was better at getting Twitter users to click on malicious links, humans or an artificial intelligence. The researchers taught an AI to study the behavior of social network users, and then design and implement its own phishing bait. In tests, the artificial hacker was substantially better than its human competitors, composing and distributing more phishing tweets than humans, and with a substantially better conversion rate.

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Noted science fiction author and former Byte magazine columnist Jerry Pournelle passed away on September 8. Pournelle is generally acknowledged to have produced the first published book written on a computer, and his interest in computers led to his wildly popular Chaos Manor column in Byte. His conversational tone, voicing the perspective of a typical hobbyist/user, was the prototype for many others, including my own DCL Dialogue column in DEC Professional magazine back in the 90s. One of my most prized possesions from that era is a hand-written note from Jerry in response to my column on DCL hacking. Nearly 30 years later, it's still proudly tacked to my bulletin board. Politically an ultra-conservative, self-described to be "somewhere to the right of Ghengis Khan", he was nontheless a gentleman and a master of civilized discourse. We won't see his like again.

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National Peanut Day, gobblefunk, coffee's in your head, Trump's 1,145 lies, London fatberg, Medicare for All, solar freakout
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Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 5:28 AM EDT
Sep 13 2017

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Today is Wednesday, September 13, the 256th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 109 days remaining.

This is the 236th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,226 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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What happened on September 13 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Peanut Day.

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"Florida Man" vs Irma: Tales of heroism and stupidity as a hurricane makes landfall. And check out the story that follows the Florida man coverage: We rely on the internet during a crisis. So what if the next crisis threatens the internet?

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Quote of the day:

"Don't gobblefunk around with words."
-Roald Dahl
(More Roald Dahl quotes)

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On this date in 1899, Henry Bliss became the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.

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That mental boost you get from coffee may be a placebo effect. As Stephen Wright said, "I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter."

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Just the important stuff from yesterday's Apple extravaganza.

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Face-reading AI will be able to detect your politics and IQ, professor says. Probably by judging the severity of the look of terror on our faces.

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How Trump Is Ending the American Era. For all the visible damage the president has done to the nation’s global standing, things are much worse below the surface.

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In 232 days, President Trump has made 1,145 false and misleading claims. It would be a lot simpler if they just listed the number of times he's told the truth.

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Lawmakers demand accounting from Equifax on massive security breach. Criminals using false identities could do "irreparable harm" to the IRS, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Bitcoin is "a fraud" and "won't end well. Someone is going to get killed." So sayeth JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Bitcoin stock fell roughly 0.8% after his comments.

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Interesting article showing much of Star Trek's technology is borrowed from sci-fi pulp magazines.

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Talk about a vote of confidence... HBO orders three more 30 episode seasons of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is set to release his long-awaited “Medicare for all" bill Wednesday afternoon with the backing of several prominent Democrats. Sanders' opinion piece in today's New York Times.

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A colossal 'fatberg' clogging London's sewage system is ten times bigger than the last one. And it's not pretty.

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Why has our sun been freaking out so much lately? Well, just because.

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Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 6:39 AM EDT
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Today is Tuesday, September 12, the 255th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 110 days remaining.

This is the 235th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,227 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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What happened on September 12 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

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Florida man's joke about shooting Irma gets taken seriously.

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Quote of the day:

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
-H.L. Mencken
(More H.L. Mencken quotes)

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On this date in 1966, The Monkees premiered on NBC-TV.

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If you're so inclined, you can track the U.S. Congress and get daily reports on what your Congresscritters are doing.

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The risk of nuclear war with North Korea... On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation? Better have your morning coffee first. Ah, for the good old days: The threat of mutally assured destruction kept the west and the Soviet Union from engaging in a nuclear exchange during the Cold War. Alas, that doctrine doesn't work any more.

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The US Senate approves a bi-partisan resolution condemning white supremacist groups. The sad thing is the resolution is apparently necessary.

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Irma won't "wake up" climate change-denying Republicans. Their whole ideology is on the line. Paul Krugman agrees. And the Pope criticizes climate change deniers as well.

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City raccoons are becoming smarter, and our efforts to keep them out of places we don't want them to be is helping boost their intelligence.

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A marriage therapist tries to explain why happy people engage in infidelity. A few interesting points, but don't expect a clear-cut answer.

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The Equifax data breach was massive, and actions people should take to protect themselves are confusing. Here's what you should do.

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Why are rich people so easily offended? Findings suggest that wealth alone, even merely by luck, makes people feel more entitled, and more likely to reject unfair offers.

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"The more the participants believed in religious or other paranormal phenomena, the lower their intuitive physics skills, mechanical and mental rotation abilities, school grades in mathematics and physics, and knowledge about physical and biological phenomena were... and the more they regarded inanimate targets as mental phenomena." Study: religious and superstitious people struggle to understand the physical world. Yet we keep electing them.

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Elegy for the Sunshine State- It's useful to remember this now, as Hurricane Irma lays waste to much of Florida: the destruction of the state has been unfolding for decades, and, for the most part, it wasn’t done by nature. It was done by us.

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Seven days of heroin- this is what an epidemic looks like. At least 180 overdoses, 80 deaths, more than 200 heroin users in jail, 15 babies born with heroin-related medical problems. A typical week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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