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Black cats, outrage, Lee's family, pubic grooming injuries, bubonic plague in Arizona, ETs out to get us...
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Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 3:03 AM EDT
Aug 17 2017


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Today is Thursday, August 17, the 229th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 136 days remaining.

This is the 210th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,252 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 August 17 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is also National Black Cat Appreciation Day. Research by the ASPCA shows that black cats are the least likely to be adopted from shelters than any other cat. This can be partly because of the superstition behind black cats, or because they appear dull next to more colorful cats.

This is Pumpkin, our 20-year-old mostly black cat. (She actually "rusts" in bright light, her coat turning a lighter brownish shade.) She is the senior quadruped mammal of the household, and, despite having recently developed diabetes, is still firmly in charge of the other cat and three dogs.

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Florida woman arrested for snorting cocaine in parent pick-up line at school.

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Quote of the day:

"Keep a diary, and someday it'll keep you."
-Mae West (August 17, 1893 - November 22, 1980)
(More Mae West quotes)

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"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."

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Pence to end international trip early amid Trump controversy. Pence's office said the vice president was returning to Washington on Thursday night instead of Friday morning to attend the president's meeting at Camp David. One can always hope there's another reason.

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Steve Bannon thought he wasn't giving an interview. He was wrong. "Here's what one of Bannon's colleagues- somebody who's not an enemy of his- told me after reading the piece: 'Since Steve apparently enjoys casually undermining U.S. national security, I'll put this in terms he'll understand: This is DEFCON 1-level bad.'" Here's the piece: Steve Bannon, Unrepentant.

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Robert E. Lee's descendants fine with removing Confederate statues. Background: Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee was vilified in the North during the Civil War only to be transformed in the decades afterward into a heroic icon of "The Lost Cause," admired by many on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Here's how that happened. There's also The Atlantic's The myth of the kindly General Lee.

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President Trump's personal lawyer on Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter "has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups." (The New York Times)

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Presidents are inevitably targets for late-night comedy; Donald Trump has become something more. He has inspired a new form of late-night performance: comedy-outrage.

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Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow. Their exact number can't be known, but with more than 400,000 priests worldwide, many of them inconstant in their promise of celibacy, the potential for unplanned children is vast.

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As if we don't have enough problems, fleas carrying bubonic plague have been found in Arizona. and North Dakota has the first case of a resident getting the flu from a pig.

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Interesting statistic to bring up at the water cooler: A quarter of people hurt themselves while grooming their pubic hair.

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Preview: what it was like in Chicago during the last full solar eclipse. I recall the last partial solar eclipse I saw: May 10, 1994. We were attending an honors lunch for my son who was graduating from high school that year. We stood in the parking lot of the restaurant and stole glances at it. It was almost, but not quite, a total eclipse. I recall it definitely feeling cooler, and that the trees cast strange, crescent-shaped shadows on the ground. And also the chicken at the lunch had the consistency of rubber.

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Aliens could conquer Earth by following 'dangerous' maps NASA 'foolishly' sent into space. Of course, if they've been monitoring our news broadcasts recently, they'll probably stay the hell away from us.

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What do you know- we made it through an entire week! Fingers crossed, see you on Monday...

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Executive blanch, National Rum Day, armed strip club selfies, FDA follies
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Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 3:30 AM EDT
Aug 16 2017

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Today is Wednesday, August 16, the 228th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 137 days remaining.

This is the 209th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,253 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 August 16 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is also National Rum Day. If you don't drink, given the events of the past few days, now would be an appropriate time to start.

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Florida man gets six years in prison for firing gun while taking selfie in strip club.

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Quote of the day:

"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and eight times out of nine I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities."
-Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994)
(More Charles Bukowski quotes)

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I swear every Trump press conference begins with him turning to an aide and saying, "Here, hold my beer..."

In the words of his staff, Trump "went rogue" at a press event at Trump Tower yesterday. Instead of delivering his prepared comments, he let loose with an unhinged, lunatic speech, the moral depths of which are unequaled in Presidential history and which even stunned commentators on Fox News.

You have to feel bad for late night talk show hosts. They generally tape their programs between 5 and 6 pm eastern time, and often news breaks too late to include in that evening's program. Stephen Colbert has said they've done shows and then had to record a second monologue to replace the outdated original.

Our first video highlight is Jim Jeffries on Comedy Central, which was recorded prior to Trump's Tuesday bout of insanity, but it still valid:

Seth Meyers couldn't do a full 12-minute "Closer Look" on his show last night, and had to settle for a two-minute "Breaking Crazy" segment:

Stephen Colbert did a full 15 minutes. This isn't the official CBS video, so it may be yanked by YouTube. Colbert's official CBS page is here. Given the cutaways, it would appear Colbert gave his writers time to come up with new material to drop in at airtime.

I lived through the riots of the 60s, Watergate, Reagan, the Clinton impeachment, Bush-Cheney, and nothing has been as bad as this. I'm starting to believe the stupid people are gaining, and that unless quick action is taken, the harm Trump has inflicted upon us in seven short months may be permanent. Impeachment, 25th amendment... it's time for the adults in Washington to put aside party differences and act responsibly. Pence is no winner, either, but I don't believe he will allow the office of the President to rot from within.

Let your Senators and Congressmen know how you feel. The easiest way is with your cell phone. Text "resist" to Resistbot at 50409. They'll walk you through it. Your message will be faxed to your Senators' offices. Senators pay attention to faxes. Try it; it works!

Finally, my friend Bruce Thompson noted on Facebook that all this insanity that started with the 2016 election season occurred after CERN switched on their Large Hadron Collider. Maybe this is the black hole they were warning us about...

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Obama's response to Charlottesville violence is the most liked tweet in Twitter's history.

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A Trump meltdown for the ages.

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Fox News, Daily Caller delete posts encouraging people to drive through protests.

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Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits higher.

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Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals. Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for most high-risk medical devices, according to two new reports in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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In the future, your body won't be buried... you'll dissolve.

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Failure, relaxation, hookah-smoking caterpillars, Julia Child, the future ain't what it used to be
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Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 2:25 AM EDT
Aug 15 2017

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Today is Tuesday, August 15, the 227th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 138 days remaining. This is the 208th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,254 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on August 15 from On This Day.

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A fake image of Trump golfing.
But it was the best example image of
National Failures Day and National Relaxation Day.

Among other things, today is also National Failures Day. It's also National Relaxation Day, so don't worry about it.

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Florida man arrested after telling police a hookah-smoking caterpillar told him to damage a construction site.

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Quote of the day:

"It's so beautifully arranged on the plate- you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
-Julia Child (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004)
(More Julia Child quotes)

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Charlottesville, Virginia: see our Facebook page.

Nasty 60s flashback

I have to best honest... this year has sucked on so many levels. It's like I'm having a flashback to 1968, another spectacularly unpleasant year.

While Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In premiered in January, it was all downhill from there. Since I read the morning newspaper every day with my grandfather, I was aware of what was happening in the world. The Tet Offensive; civil rights disturbances in Wisconsin and in the south; McCarthy nearly beating LBJ in New Hampshire; Bobby Kennedy entering the race; Johnson saying he won't run; Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated two weeks before the Civil Rights Act is passed; students shutting down Columbia University for a week; a million riot in Paris; Andy Warhol shot- and that was just through May.

In June, on the first day of band camp- and, technically, me becoming a high school sophomore- my grandmother awakened me in tears, yelling that Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I walked the ten blocks to school; the band director, sitting on the steps to the gym, waved to us to go home.

During the summer, as we worked on rudimentary marching routines, the Pope banned birth control, Czechoslovakia was invaded, France developed its own hydrogen bomb, and the Democrats held a memorable convention in Chicago.

I turned 14 on September 11, my voice finally started to change, and I was acclimating to high school life. Then Nixon was elected, I contracted acute nephritis then caught the Hong Kong flu while hospitalized. I did make it home in time for Christmas and to see Apollo 8 broadcast from the moon.

So far this year I haven't been able to secure a job with any health care benefits, and finances are dismal. Several friends and relatives have developed serious illnesses or had their conditions worsen. I either need new glasses, or I'll have to drag the 36" LED down from the den to use as a monitor. Two of our Shelties are over 13, one is blind and losing his hearing, and our 20 year old cat developed diabetes which we haven't been able to control so far with insulin injections.

The personal stuff I can handle. It's the sense of existential doom that seems to be expanding every day. Someone once said, "The future ain't what it used to be," an understatement if there every was one. I vividly remember my grandmother telling me while watching the riots on television, "I won't live to see it, but your grandchildren won't have to deal with this. Every generation gets better."

I fervently believed that until about ten years ago. It was then I noticed things had started going sideways.

It was really driven home to me today. I attended a rally to condemn white supremacy and, frankly, it looked like an AARP meeting. The majority of those in attendance were retirees, with a few 20-40 year olds and a couple teenagers. Then I returned home and watched the tapes of the weekend's rally in Charlottesville. Most of the Nazis and supremacists appeared to be young, most under 30.

What the hell happened? My children and their contemporaries were warned of the evils of racism and religious intolerance. Most of them have maintained that moral bearing. Where did these kids go wrong?

I doubt my audience contains many Xers or millennials, but if you are close to any, awaken them to the dangers that threaten the very fabric of our republic. Find a rally and take them along. Teach them.

Back in the 60s I had no illusion I would be living in a Star Trek utopia during my retirement years. I certainly expected we'd be further along than this. Tell your kids and grandkids to get involved- now! -before we lose even more ground.

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As usual, the sharpest analysis and commentary come not from journalists but late night comedians:

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And of course, there's North Korea, a potential nuclear conflict somehow buried by all the other horrendous news. Fortunately, "Weird Al" Yankovic speaks for us all in the video from HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I've included the lyrics so you can sing along. It ranks right up there with the Kingston Trio's Merry Minuet and Tom Lehrer's So Long, Mom and We Will All Go Together When Go.

Would ya annihilate us if you had the chance?
That's such an anti-social thing to do
You've got us crapping our collective pants
May I suggest you take it down a notch or two?

We're not exactly sure why you're upset
Did that Seth Rogan movie make you super mad?
You'd like us if you got to know us, I bet
We're mostly harmless decent people
Hey, we're really not so bad
My point is-

Please don't nuke us, North Korea
Right now we're all a little tense
Believe me,
We don't hate you, frankly,
We don't even think that much about you,
No offense.

Now you might call us bloodthirsty dogs
But that metaphor's not very apt
We're just a bunch of simple fidget-spinning goofy dorks
Who probably couldn't find your country on a map

So, we're not savages or cannibals
Well maybe just a really, really, really small percent
So I think it would be best
If you'd knock off those missle tests

Don't turn us into cinder while we're swipin' right on Tinder
Don't jump-start Armageddon or our beds we'll soon be wettin',
Won't you think this through for a moment, please?
Now why would you bomb our nice celebrities?
Oh, why in the world would you kill Tom Hanks?
'Cause nobody doesn't like Tom Hanks!

So, please don't nuke us, North Korea
That would seriously ruin our day
Remember, we're not evil, psychotic monsters
No matter what the news may say
We're just the goof balls from the U... S....
   Please don't nuke us!
   Please don't nuke us!
   Please don't nuke us!
..A!
Hey!

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Creamsicle Day, nugget pelting, Steve Martin, Charlottesville, drunk goldfish, Mt. Lebo rally
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Published Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 12:02 AM EDT
Aug 14 2017

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Today is Monday, August 14, the 226th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 139 days remaining. This is the 207th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,255 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on August 14 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is also National Creamsicle Day. (incidentally, the difference between a Creamsicle and a Dreamsicle is the center of the former is ice cream, while the center of the latter is ice milk. More Creamsicle lore .)

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Florida woman arrested after pelting brother with chicken nuggets.

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Quote of the day:

"Some people have a way with words, and other people... not have way, I guess."
-Steve Martin (August 14, 1945)
(More Steve Martin quotes)

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Charlottesville, Virginia: see our Facebook page.

I thought I was done with this stuff 50 years ago... going to Rally To Condemn White Nationalism; today, August 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Congressman Tom Murphy's office, 504 Washington Road, Mt Lebanon, PA 15228. Stop by and say hello.

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Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option. "The true impact of activism may not be felt for a generation. That alone is reason to fight, rather than surrender to despair."

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Guy drops phone out of plane while recording and somehow it survives the fall.

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Google spinoff Waymo patents "softer" self-driving cars to protect pedestrians. The cars' exterior would collapse in order to reduce harm in the event of a crash.

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Warren Beatty on 'Bonnie and Clyde' at 50. A bit of trivia: it was Gene Wilder's first motion picture appearance.

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Tom Cruise injured in Mission: Impossible 6 stunt. Tom is 55 now. I quit leaping between buildings in my teens.

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Father of passwords regrets the advice he gave. In 2003, he advised all government departments that passwords should be an entirely random string of letters and symbols. The sorts of things that (you'd imagine) no one could guess and you could never remember. It turned out that these are easier for hackers to crack than, say, weird words that you can actually remember. Like "gobbledegook." Or "nincompoop."

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Drink like a fish, indeed. Goldfish are capable of making their own alcohol.

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State of the climate isn't just getting warmer; scientists saw changes in ice and oceans, too.

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A history of solar eclipses and bizarre responses to them.

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Asteroid close shave in October, 100 million black holes in the Milky Way, history of the napkin
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Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 3:56 PM EDT
Aug 10 2017

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Today is Thursday, August 10, the 222nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 143 days remaining. This is the 203rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,259 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on August 10 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is also National S'mores Day.

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Florida man drives burning car, then shoots it.

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Quote of the day:

"I'm the only person of distinction who's ever had a depression named for him."
-Herbert Hoover (August 10, 1874 - October 20, 1964)
(More Herbert Hoover quotes)

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There was no Report yesterday because the dogs and I were avoiding all the President's promised "fire and fury" by hiding under my desk. Well, seriously, did you ever have one of those one step forward, two flights of stairs backwards on your ass days?

Starting next week, I think I'm going to tweak the Report a bit, to make it more like our Facebook content and my personal page. Because all this political stuff is just too demoralizing. To be sure, I'm not going to stop ridiculing Il Orange Douché, but we'll otherwise lighten things up a bit.

See you on Monday.

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For those of you who rooted for the asteroid in last November's election: Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA.

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Milky Way dotted with 100 million black holes, shows new study. And surprisingly, none are near Washington, DC.

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Scientists discover two 'potentially habitable' planets. They're just 12 light years away, which is a little over two weeks for Star Trek's USS Enterprise traveling at warp six, but more than a quarter million years using existing technology. So, no.

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What a surprise. NOAA confirms 2016 as hottest year on record for the planet.

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Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy.

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Apple refuses to enable iPhone emergency settings that could save countless lives.

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The history of the napkin.

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Mozilla launches new effort to counter fake news.

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50+ Disney & Nickelodeon apps allegedly snooping on your kids.

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How to avoid getting sick on a cruise ship.

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Abbey Road, Zucchini Day, flesh-eating sea bugs, other assorted apocalypses
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Published Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 12:30 AM EDT
Aug 08 2017

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Today is Tuesday, August 8, the 220th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 145 days remaining. This is the 201st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,261 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

Yesterday marked the approximate midpoint of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Today is the day which, on average (42%), it is least likely to rain in Pittsburgh, PA. No rain is in the forecast today.

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What happened on August 8 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1969, photographer Iain Macmillan took the iconic photo that became the cover image of the Beatles' album Abbey Road.

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Among other things, today is also National Zucchini Day.

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73 year old Florida man banned from beach after handing out 'sugardaddy seeking his sugarbaby' business cards.

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Quote of the day:

"I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes."
-Sara Teasdale (August 8, 1884 - January 29, 1933)
(More Sara Teasdale quotes)

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Sleepwalking towards a technological apocalypse... Are the idealists 'good guys' who are challenging the old order or are they really tax-minimizing corporations that threaten our future?

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The New York Times has reviewed an alarming draft report on climate change by federal scientists, who fear President Trump will suppress it.

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Have smartphones destroyed a generation?

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The curious case of 'Nicole Mincey,' the Trump fan who may actually be a Russian bot.

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Did an Australian teen get attacked by flesh-eating sea bugs?  Parasitic cyclospora infections up 134% this summer. Copper cocktail mugs may cause food poisoning, health officials say. The alleged dangers of vaping- are they real?

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Alphabet Inc.'s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley.

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Abbreviated...
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Published Monday, August 07, 2017 @ 2:35 PM EDT
Aug 07 2017

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Today is Monday, August 7, the 219th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 146 days remaining. This is the 200th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,262 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

Today marks the approximate midpoint of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

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What happened on August 7 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1944, IBM dedicated the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I). It used 765,000 electromechanical components and hundreds of miles of wire, comprising a volume of 51 feet in length, eight feet in height, and two feet deep. It weighed about ten thousand pounds. The basic calculating units had to be synchronized and powered mechanically, so they were run by a 50-foot shaft driven by a five horsepower (3.7 kW) electric motor, which served as the main power source and system clock.

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Among other things, today is also National Sea Serpent Day.

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Missing Florida woman found after she bottled her scent.

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Quote of the day:

"There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders."
-Ralph Bunche (August 7, 1903 or 1904 - December 9, 1971)
(More Ralph Bunche quotes)

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The idea was to get back on line today, but a trip to the ER at nine last night turned into a seven hour marathon- hence the abbreviated Report today. Another shot tomorrow...

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That was the week that was...
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Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 12:16 AM EDT
Jul 27 2017

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Today is Thursday, July 27, the 208th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 157 days remaining. This is the 189th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,274 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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It started over the weekend, when I was feeling a bit blah and discovered that in memory of the recently deceased Marin Landau, the cable television channel Decades was running an all-weekend long marathon of the original Mission: Impossible (CBS: 1966-1973) series. The show aired during my junior/senior high school years (8th-12th grade, 1966-1971). I was a rabid Greg Morris fan.

Hard to believe it was 50 years ago, although the show does have some dated elements. Everyone smokes cigarettes everywhere, including hospitals and elevators. Pay telephones are ubiquitous, as are small, cheap inflammable reel-to-reel tape recorders. There are record stores that have listening booths!

Given the current turmoil over foreign interference in our government, it's interesting to see that the majority of missions in which the talented team engaged was interfering in other countries' politics. It occurred to me that we tampered with other countries' internal affairs in a far more entertaining manner than contemporary Russia does in ours. None of the Russians is anywhere near as attractive as Barbara Bain. Or Peter Graves, for that matter. And usually the leaders the team placed in office were competent. Ah, fiction.

Very early Monday morning, I lost connection to the cloud services where I store a lot of resources for doing the report. And trying to connect to the KGB Report website, I was presented with a page that said "site not found."

I filed a service ticket with our hosting service, Dreamhost, and the site (mostly) reappeared a few hours later, although I still don't know what caused the problem. I did nothing on this end. Cloud services reappeared shortly thereafter. Oh well, computers are like that, sometimes...

I had to take my 20 year old diabetic cat to the vet to get her nails clipped and blood glucose checked. I nearly hit an old lady who backed her car out of her driveway without looking directly into my path. I swung to the right and turfed someone's lawn, but avoided a collision. The hits continued as I arrived at the vet and discovered the cat's blood sugar level rivaled that of Willy Wonka. I reacted with surprise. The cat reacted by peeing on me.

I did manage to make it home without incident, where I read through three rejected job applications which claimed I was "over-qualified." Maybe if I offer to use only one of my temporal lobes? ...

Tuesday and Wednesday the feeling of malaise that was developing over the weekend reached its peak. The best way I can explain it is that it's like having the flu, but with no respiratory symptoms. I have a headache and all my joints hurt. I have no fever and apparently no major organ failure- everything's going in and coming out with the proper color and consistency- my blood pressure is normal, and the general online diagnostic consensus is it's a passing virus that should be gone in a few more days. (WebMD suspects cancer, but that's to be expected.)

When I'm ill, I have the metabolism of a Vulcan. I tend to sleep a great deal, which I suspect my body does to rally its internal defenses. I've slept about 20 of the last 24 hours, enough to make the cats concerned that I'm trying to replace them.

I blame Trump. At least with Obama, I had some hope for the future. He and the Senate are trying to remove the slim hope I had of being able to afford medical insurance later this year, since I appear to be overqualified for any position that offers benefits of any kind.

Well, I'm exhausted. Back to the usual format on Monday, I hope. In the meantime, check out the KGB Report page on Facebook, where posts will continue in the interim.

In the words of Norman Augustine, whose birthday is today,

If today was half as good as tomorrow is supposed to be, it would probably be twice as good as yesterday was.


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Kepler, free hot dogs, eclipse to cause major power problems, Kermit and Hastert released, sinking flood insurance
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Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 19 2017

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Today is Wednesday, July 10, the 200th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 165 days remaining. This is the 181st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,282 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 19 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1595, astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe.

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Among other things, today is also National Hot Dog Day. All the places you can get free hot dogs on National Hot Dog Day 2017.

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Florida man calls 911 to report his cocaine stolen.

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Quote of the day:

"Richard Nixon would have been better off if I'd beaten him. Then he'd be remembered for the EPA and China instead of Watergate."
-George McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012)
(More George McGovern quotes)

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Big stories:

'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump says as GOP health bill collapses. "We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us." And to hell with the millions who lose health insurance in the interim, apparently.

Trump and Putin held a second, undisclosed, private conversation. Hours into a dinner with world leaders who had gathered for the Group of 20 summit meeting, President Trump left his chair at the sprawling banquet table and headed to where President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was seated...

Guest list at Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian expands again.

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A solar eclipse could wipe out 9,000 megawatts of power supplies. That's the equivalent of about nine nuclear reactors.

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Disney Says It Fired Kermit the Frog Actor Over "Unacceptable Business Conduct". It ain't easy being green.

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J. Dennis Hastert, Ex-House Speaker who admitted sex abuse, leaves prison.

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Running would have broken an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex's legs. Science ruins dinosaurs again.

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Florida has more lightning strikes and fatalities than any other state. Four tales of survivors with disparate stories that all began with a bolt from the blue.

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At this point, Amazon can crush a company just by filing for a trademark.

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The country's flood insurance program is sinking. Rescuing it won't be easy. The NFIP, which must be reauthorized by the end of September, is nearly $25 billion in the red- a debt that administrator Roy Wright says he sees no way to pay back. "Only Congress can deal with that past loss," Wright said last week . "What we're focused on today is ensuring that going forward, we're putting ourselves on a sound financial footing."

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U.S. to create the independent U.S. Cyber Command, split off from NSA. After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials. Under the plans, U.S. Cyber Command would eventually be split off from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency.

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Companies don't have a First Amendment right to talk about national security letters, court rules. The ruling is a major upset for tech companies that have begun disclosing NSLs over the past year. Companies that receive NSLs are usually restricted from discussing them for years—sometimes forever—and, if they disclose them in transparency reports, they may only do so in ranges of 500.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

It's c(still) never Trump's fault. With the latest collapse of the Obamacare repeal, the president has wasted political capital, squandered a reputation for dealmaking, and shown himself to be a poor strategist and tactician.

Trump's plan to 'Let Obamacare fail' is morally appalling.

Snopes: Did President Trump say 'Eventually we will get something done'?. You betcha.

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Cernettes, caviar, BCA DOA, earth moves, why Canada is better, huge Trump dump
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Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 18 2017

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Today is Tuesday, July 18, the 199th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 166 days remaining. This is the 180th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,283 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 18 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1992, a picture of Les Horribles Cernettes was taken, which became the first ever photo posted to the World Wide Web.

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Among other things, today is also National Caviar Day.

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Florida man who drove dead body to lawyer's office won't be charged.

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Quote of the day:

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
-Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 - February 20, 2005)
(More Hunter S. Thompson quotes)

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Big stories:

Health care overhaul collapses as two more Republican Senators defect. Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing for now a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

A massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck between Russia and Alaska Monday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This quake was followed by several aftershocks, some of which were greater than 5.0 magnitude.

DHS announces boost in seasonal worker visas during White House 'Made in America' week. Businesses will soon be able to apply to bring in up to 15,000 more foreigners for seasonal work, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday- prompting questions about whether the move fit in with the White House's "America First" posture.

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Why Canada is able to do things better. A country where impoverished citizens rely on crowdfunding to finance medical operations isn't a country that can protect the health of its citizens. A country that can't ensure the daily operation of Penn Station isn't a country that can prevent transportation gridlock. A country that contracts out the operations of prisons to the lowest private bidder isn't a country that can rehabilitate its criminals.

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Netflix posts strong earnings and takes aim at traditional movie theaters.

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59-year-old who tried for four decades to get pregnant has baby. The baby is doing fine, as is his mother.

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Artificial sweeteners don't help people lose weight, review finds... there is no solid evidence that sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose help people manage their weight. And observational data suggest that the people who regularly consume these sweeteners are also more likely to develop future health problems, though those studies can't say those problems are caused by the sweeteners.

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Opioid dose reduction may benefit patients with chronic pain. Reducing or discontinuing long-term opioid therapy may improve pain, function and quality of life among patients with chronic pain; however, these findings are supported by very low-quality evidence, according to a review published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Stressful experiences 'can age the brain by four years'. Stressful events in life, such as the death of a child, divorce or being fired, can age the brain by at least four years, US researchers suggests.

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Why midsized animals are the fastest on Earth. The muscle cells in big animals run out of fuel before the creatures can reach their theoretical maximum speed.

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Astronomers don't know what's causing these weird radio waves from a small red star about 11 light-years from Earth.

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'Bathroom bill' targeted by powerful North Texas business leaders. Some powerful North Texas business leaders on Monday pressed Gov. Greg Abbott to drop plans for transgender bathroom legislation they said would discriminate against Texans and be bad for business in the state.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

Trump goes all in on the 'collusion is normal' defense.

'Modern Day Presidential' really isn't working for Trump.

Who is Ty Cobb? The top corruption lawyer just hired by Donald Trump. The White House has hired a highly experienced lawyer who who has spent much of his career defending corruption cases and white-collar crime, to be in house counsel for Russia-related matters.

Tropical storm Don formed and everyone erupted with Trump jokes.

We went to Trump's stores to see how much of the stuff is "Made In America". Not much.

Twitter is never going to ban Donald Trump... it has plenty of cause. It's just lacking desire. And there's no absolutely no reason to expect it to find that any soon.

41% of Americans want Trump impeached: poll.

A judge just told Trump to disclose who visits Mar-a-Lago.

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Disneyland, Dog House, dirt is good, AI is bad, American idiots, Trump Dump
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Published Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 12:18 AM EDT
Jul 17 2017

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With ComiCon under way, don't be surprised if you see stories about widespread computer network failures. All the people who can fix them are in San Diego this week.

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Today is Monday, July 17, the 198th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. This is the 179th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,284 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 17 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1955, Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California. By 1965 around 50 million people had visited. Further parks were built in Florida, Paris and Shanghai, among others. The parks remain a major and iconic part of the The Walt Disney Company.

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Among other things, today is also National Get Out of the Dog House Day.

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Florida woman held on $2M bail after stalking doctor for 30 years.

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Quote of the day:

"The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence."
-Art Linkletter (July 17, 1912 - May 26, 2010)
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(Linkletter's first radio job was at station KGB in San Diego.)

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Big stories:

United Arab Emirates orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The UAE orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

McCain's surgery may be more serious than thought, experts say. "Usually, a blood clot in this area would be a very concerning issue," said Dr. Nrupen Baxi, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He added, "The recovery time from a craniotomy is usually a few weeks."

White House lobbies governors on latest health bill, but they're not buying it.

Obituaries: George Romero and Martin Landau.

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'Astounding' gene therapy cancer drug heading for FDA approval. The drug enables patients' own immune cells to recognize and kill the source of the cancer: a different immune cell gone awry.

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'Dirt Is Good': Why kids need exposure to germs. "So that dirty pacifier that fell on the floor- if you just stick it in your mouth and lick it, and then pop it back in little Tommy's mouth, it's actually going to stimulate their immune system. Their immune system's going to become stronger because of it."

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Doctors report removing 27 contact lenses from a woman's eye. Doctors were startled to find 17 contact lenses clumped together as they were injecting anesthesia into the woman's eye at Solihull Hospital, southeast of Birmingham, England. They then recovered another 10 lenses. Part of their surprise, she said, was because the patient hadn't complained of any irritation.

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Elon Musk warns of AI's risks, calls for regulation now. Speaking at a meeting of the National Governors Association, Tesla's CEO says AI is the "biggest risk we face as a civilization."

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Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs. An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. If Microsoft doesn't deliver a patch within the next six to nine months, those PCs could be cut off from security fixes.

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Ravens surprise scientists by showing they can plan. Ravens' ability to plan ahead may have developed in reaction to their complex social hierarchy.

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As opioid overdoses exact a higher price, communities ponder who should be saved. As their budgets strain, communities have begun questioning how much money and effort they should be spending to deal with overdoses, especially in cases involving people who have taken near-fatal overdoses multiple times. State and local officials say it might be time for "tough love": pushing soaring medical costs onto drug abusers or even limiting how many times first responders can save an individual's life.

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American idiots: Republicans are bored with bashing the media- so now they're going after colleges and universities. 85 per cent of Republicans think a free press is bad for the country= and they're now turning their attention to professors and colleges across the country because they are 'indoctrinating' students.

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Two-factor security authentication is a mess. It was supposed to be a one-stop security fix. What happened?

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The laws of Australia will trump the laws of mathematics. Despite calling the laws of mathematics 'commendable', the prime minister of Australia told ZDNet the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia when it comes to legislating decryption.

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DHS goes biometric, says travelers can opt out of face scans by not traveling. The government has argued in court that flying is a privilege, not a right, and the DHS seems hellbent on making fliers pay for every bit of that privilege.

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What's actually wrong with the U.S. health system. A new report shows why American health care performs so poorly compared to its rivals—and suggests the Obamacare replacement proposals aren't the way to fix it.

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At site of Scopes trial, Darrow Statue Belatedly Joins Bryan's. Some have taken grave offense at the addition. After all, Darrow, an agnostic and the most famous lawyer of his day, was the man who lost the famous Scopes "monkey trial" at the Rhea County Courthouse in 1925, though not before denouncing what he called the "fool ideas" of biblical literalism. Since 2005, a statue of Darrow's sparring partner at the trial, the orator William Jennings Bryan, has graced the courthouse lawn.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

Why blocked Twitter users are suing President Trump. They argue that barring them from his popular social-media feed violates the First Amendment to the Constitution. The lawsuit, which raises interesting questions about what constitutes a public forum, as well as the boundaries of free-speech rights on the Web, comes as Trump continues to draw concern about his novel and erratic use of social media.

The Projection President. Months into his tenure, Trump still responds to controversies by lobbing the same charges at his opponents.

Poll finds Trump's standing weakened since springtime. Approaching six months in office, Trump's overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they "disapprove strongly" of Trump's performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.

Trump visa policy changes could have broad consequences for science. These include requiring students to reapply for visas each year, overhauling the H1-B visa program, and pushing for a merit-based system for allocating visas to those seeking permanent residence in the U.S.

Joe Scarborough says Trump is killing the Republican Party. "I did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left its senses. The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments. President Trump's Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution."

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Hollywood, french fries, cocaine and Cookie Monster, the gang that couldn't govern straight
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Published Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 8:49 AM EDT
Jul 13 2017

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Today is Thursday, July 13, the 194th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 171 days remaining. This is the 175th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,288 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 13 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1923, The Hollywood Sign is dedicated in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland," but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

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Among other things, today is also National French Fry Day.

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Florida man arrested for hiding cocaine in 'Cookie Monster' doll.

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Quote of the day:

"It's not the years, it's the mileage."
-Harrison Ford (July 13, 1942)
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Big stories:

Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation. Investigators at the House and Senate Intelligence committees and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump campaign's digital operation- overseen by Jared Kushner- helped guide Russia's sophisticated voter targeting and fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Democrats sue Trump campaign over leaked emails tied to Russia. Two Democratic Party donors and a former party staff member have filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against President Trump's campaign and a longtime informal adviser, Roger J. Stone Jr., accusing them of conspiring in the release of hacked Democratic emails and files that exposed their personal information to the public.

Senate Republicans, preparing new health bill, have no votes to spare. The likely defection of two Senate Republicans has left their leaders no margin for error as they move on Thursday to unveil another version of their bill to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act- without an assurance that they have the votes even to begin debate next week.

FBI head nominee Wray pledges he would resign before improperly dropping an investigation.

Authorities discover human remains in Bucks County, PA, where 4 men went missing. The discovery of the remains marked a grim turning point in the arduous search for the missing men, which has gripped this picturesque county, one of the wealthiest in the state.

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Amazon may give developers your private Alexa transcripts. Amazon is currently looking at opening up this private transcript data to its developers, which could help them build better voice apps for Alexa. It would also raise serious privacy concerns for users.

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United wants to sell your seat to someone else for more money. If you’ve bought a seat on a flight that’s overbooked, the airline may try to resell your spot for a higher price. But don’t freak out yet: There’s an upside for passengers, too.

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Scientists can use CRISPR to store images and movies in bacteria. A scientist encoded a GIF into DNA, and then inserted those strands into living microbes using CRISPR. This technique is best known as a tool for editing genes by cutting strands of DNA at precise locations. But it has another trait that's often overlooked: It's an amazing tool for recording information, effectively turning bacteria into living hard drives.

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Question raised about timeline of Earhart documentary. A Japanese military history buff has apparently undermined a new theory that Amelia Earhart survived a crash-landing in the Pacific Ocean during her historic attempted round-the-world flight in 1937.

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An iceberg the size of Delaware just broke off of Antarctica. The iceberg, which at around 1 trillion tons is one of the largest on record, poses no immediate threat to sea levels. But scientists say the break may have altered the profile of the continent's western peninsula for decades to come and offers a rare preview of what global warming might do to marine ice shelves.

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Source: A "sense of panic" at Apple as the next flagship iPhone's software problems persist. Apple is still finishing up key features in the "iPhone 8," which could ship with some of its signature functionality not yet activated.

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Why are there so many more species on land when the sea is bigger? "The deep sea is basically a big fridge with the door closed for a long time."

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Google launches a new Backup & Sync desktop app for uploading files and photos to the cloud. The utility is meant to replace the older Google Photos desktop app, as well as the Google Drive client applications for both Mac and PC.

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Verizon partner data breach exposes millions of customer records. Verizon confirmed that six million records were compromised by Nice Systems, a Verizon partner that facilitates customer service calls.

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Canada whale rescuer killed after cutting endangered animal loose. "They got the whale totally disentangled and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip."

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First images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reach Earth.

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Kid Rock tweets tease US Senate run in Michigan. As of Wednesday afternoon, there appear to be no Federal Election Committee records filed under "Kid Rock" or his legal name Robert James Ritchie or Robert Ritchie.

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Microsoft's Calibri font is at the center of a political scandal. Fontgate could topple Pakistan's prime minister.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

Rancor at White House as Russia story refuses to let the page turn. The Russia story has become the brier patch from which the president seemingly cannot escape. It dominated his trip to Europe last week and, after he leaves on Wednesday night for a couple of days in France, it may dominate that trip as well. Every time Mr. Trump tries to put the furor behind him, more disclosures thrust it back onto the Washington agenda.

New reports raise some big questions about Michael Flynn and Russian hackers. The Wall Street Journal describes how one Trump supporter reached out to hackers- and dropped Flynn's name.

US intel caught Trump team talking with Russians in 2015, before presidential campaign began. In 2015, U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring the communications of Russian agents overheard them talking "about meetings held outside the U.S. involving Russian government officials and Trump business associates or advisers."

Trump's Russia lawyer isn't seeking security clearance, and may have trouble getting one.

Hackers steal Trump Hotel guests' credit card numbers and other info. Again.

Rep. Brad Sherman hopes his article of impeachment will trigger intervention at White House.

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That's it for the week... see you Monday.

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Burr-Hamilton, Free Slurpee, swarming monkeys, strawberries and coffee, two pregnant men
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Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 3:20 AM EDT
Jul 11 2017

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Today is Tuesday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 173 days remaining. This is the 173rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,290 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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What happened on July 11 from On This Day.

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On this day in 1804, The Burr-Hamilton duel was fought between prominent American politicians Aaron Burr, the sitting Vice President of the United States, and Alexander Hamilton, the former Secretary of the Treasury, at Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11, 1804. The duel was the culmination of a long and bitter rivalry between the two men. Burr shot and mortally wounded Hamilton, who was carried to the home of William Bayard, where he died the next day. Burr fled to Saint Simons Island, Georgia. He stayed at the plantation of Pierce Butler at Hampton Point, but soon returned to Washington, D.C. to complete his term of service as Vice President.

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Among other things, today is also Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven.

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'Nasty' rhesus monkeys swarming Florida man's property.

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Quote of the day:

"Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing."
-E.B. White (July 11, 1899 - October 1, 1985)
(More E.B. White quotes)

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Big stories:

Boom. Trump Jr. was told in email of Russian effort to aid campaign. Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

Donald Trump Jr.'s two different explanations for Russian meeting.

Earth's sixth mass extinction in progress: The era of 'biological annihilation'.

80 arrested on Capitol Hill after health care protests.

Wildfires spread across at least six states and Canada.

At least 16 dead in military plane crash in rural Mississippi.

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Is Western democracy Orwellian? Neoreactionary “Dark Enlightenment” theorists think so, making their case via cybernetics, The Matrix, and H.P. Lovecraft...

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The search for ecstasy. In 1960 an estimated 20 percent of Americans said they'd had a mystical experience. Now it's 50 percent...

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When neurology becomes theology. A neurologist's perspective on research into consciousness.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft just buzzed Jupiter's Great Red Spot.

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Are we as doomed as that New York Magazine article says? Why it's so hard to talk about the worst problem in the world.

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Teddy Fischer, a sophomore high schooler in Washington state, called Defense Secretary James Mattis after his number was leaked in the press. To his surprise, Mattis called him back.

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The Platinum Patients- Each year, one in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined. This critical five percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation's health-care spending crisis.

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Health insurers are embracing the Senate health care bill. Everyone else hates it.

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California teen wins the lottery. Twice. In one week.

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Britain's first two pregnant men have given birth. Both transgender men, are believed to be the first two men to give birth in the country, after each putting their transitions on hold to carry out their pregnancies.

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Just 100 companies have been responsible for about 71% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Google has added a new anti-malware feature to the next version of Android. 7.1 Nougat contains a panic mode supposed to help you return to the home screen from a malicious app that has hijacked the display and even delete it.

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Facebook friends fall for Jayden K. Smith hoax. So while it pays to be careful about hacked accounts, feel free to ignore this one without creating a flood of spam for your real Facebook friends.

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More evidence shows natural plant compound may reduce mental effects of aging. Salk scientists have found further evidence that fisetin, a natural compound in strawberries, reduces cognitive deficits and inflammation associated with aging in mice.

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Controversial studies suggest coffee drinkers live longer. The researchers weren't able to identify a causal relationship, nor were they able to explain why coffee appears to confer these health benefits. And importantly, some experts are challenging the conclusions reached in these two studies, saying the results were misleading, and that blanket statements about coffee consumption ignore the fact that, for some, caffeine is dangerous.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

The latest Trump/Russia leaks came from inside the White House.

Trump aides: Russia flap proves Don Jr. is the 'Fredo. of the First Family. Gee. I would have thought it would have been Eric.

Donald Trump is dragging down America. "So what did we learn? We learned that Donald Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader."

Walter Shaub's brave, quixotic ethics battle with Trump. "Public service is a public trust,” Shaub wrote in his resignation letter, one requiring “employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain."

So that's why Sarah Huckabee Sanders wants the cameras off. She has no earthly idea what's going on in the White House she purports to represent.

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Telstar, Piña Colada Day, alligators, golf balls, treason, scared white people
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Published Sunday, July 09, 2017 @ 11:29 PM EDT
Jul 09 2017

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What we did on our summer "vacation":

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Today is Monday, July 10, the 191st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 174 days remaining. This is the 172nd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,291 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1962, Telstar 1 was launched into orbit. It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, and telegraph images, and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Telstar 1 was the first privately sponsored space launch. A medium-altitude satellite, Telstar was placed in an elliptical orbit completed once every 2 hours and 37 minutes, inclined at an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the equator, with a perigee (low point) about 592 miles and an apogee (high point) about 3,687 miles from Earth. While the satellite failed on February 21, 1963, it remains in orbit.

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Among other things, today is also National Piña Colada Day.

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Florida man attacked by alligator while diving for golf balls. (Tampa Bay Times)

Here's a post-vacation bonus Florida story:

Jesus, take the wheel: Minister charged in turnpike road rage incident. Palm City, FL- A minister in a Corvette was taken into custody after the Florida Highway Patrol said he pointed a gun at people traveling in another car on Florida's Turnpike last week, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Quote of the day:

"Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces."
-Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871 - November 18, 1922)
(More Marcel Proust quotes)

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Big stories:

Trump Jr. met Russian for dirt on Clinton. Donald Trump Jr. said he met the lawyer in June 2016 at an acquaintance's request. White House advisers said it was understood that she had compromising information about Hillary Clinton. Related: Ex-Bush ethics lawyer on Trump Jr: 'This borders on treason'.

Trump suggested a cybersecurity pact with Russia. Lawmakers say they were 'dumbfounded.' Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) quipped on NBC's Meet the Press that Trump's plan was "not the dumbest idea I've ever heard, but it's pretty close."

Or maybe not: Trump knocks down prospect of Russian-American cybersecurity unit.

The KKK rally in Charlottesville was outnumbered by counterprotesters. The event drew about 50 Klan members and supporters Saturday- and several hundred counterprotesters, authorities said.

Smart home gadget ends a violent dispute by calling police. When Eduardo Barros asked "did you call the sheriffs?" as he threatened his girlfriend with a gun during a fight, the device interpreted it as a request to call emergency services. They overheard the altercation and called both negotiators and a SWAT team, who arrested Barros over assault, battery and firearms charges after a stand-off.

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Can we hide from plague, flu, and the spectre of death? No, maybe, why would you want to?

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Why you will one day have a chip in your brain. To store the location of my car keys?

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The last remaining Democratic strongholds- big cities- are under attack by GOP state legislatures.

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This is how each region of the US will respond to climate change. If you live in the southeast, pucker up, snowflake...

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Why Wall Street should be viewed as a major national threat. There is only one industry in the United States that has twice in a period of less than 100 years brought about a devastating economic crisis in the country... If a foreign country did this kind of damage to the U.S. economy with a military weapon, that country would have been reduced to bombed-out, smoldering ruins by now.

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Ohio sheriff says his officers won't carry Narcan. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones insists he is not heartless but says requiring deputies to administer the remedy puts them in danger and the cost of repeatedly treating people with Narcan is "sucking the taxpayers dry. All we're doing is reviving them, we're not curing them," Jones told NBC News on Friday. "One person we know has been revived 20 separate times."

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China tests self-sustaining space station in Beijing. Sealed behind the steel doors of two bunkers in a Beijing suburb, university students are trying to find out how it feels to live in a space station on another planet, recycling everything from plant cuttings to urine.

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Maybe don't put these things in your face. Health news reality check.

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Kaspersky Labs agrees to turn over source code to US government. Over the last couple of weeks, there's been a disturbing trend of governments demanding that private tech companies share their source code if they want to do business. Now, the US government is giving the same ultimatum and it's getting what it wants.

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Power causes brain damage. How leaders lose mental capacities- most notably for reading other people- that were essential to their rise.

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The science division of the White House is no longer staffed. Because, you know, you can't trust science to adhere to spproved ideology.

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IBM is clueless about artificial intelligence risks. Apparenly, they've never watched Person of Interest (which is, incidentally, available for binge-watching on Netflix. Highly recommended.)

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NSA's use of 'traffic shaping' allows unrestrained spying on Americans. A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden details a highly classified technique that allows the National Security Agency to "deliberately divert" US internet traffic, normally safeguarded by constitutional protections, overseas in order to conduct unrestrained data collection on Americans.

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US nuclear inspection results now concealed. The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with a history of periodic inspection failures and bouts of low morale.

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Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA. US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows. US government involvement includes script rewrites on some of the biggest and most popular films, including James Bond, the Transformers franchise, and movies from the Marvel and DC cinematic universes. A similar influence is exerted over military-supported TV, which ranges from Hawaii Five-O to America's Got Talent, Oprah and Jay Leno to Cupcake Wars, along with numerous documentaries by PBS, the History Channel and the BBC.

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Almost 90% of Americans don't know there's scientific consensus on global warming. As George Carlin said, "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

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'Hidden Galaxy' lurking outside the Milky Way revealed in stunning new Hubble image.

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Alaskan volcano erupts again, leading to aviation warning. The Bogoslof volcano's current eruption sequence started in December. Its previous eruption events have lasted weeks, sometimes months.

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

Factcheck.org: Trump misleads on Russia hacking.

The multibillion-dollar U.S. spy agency you haven't heard of. How President Trump might turn an all-seeing spy apparatus on innocent American citizens.

The Economist has an in-depth special report on Donald Trump that reveals just how uninformed the American public is.

The New York Post's Michael Goodwin on why the media has broken down in the age of Trump.

UW professor got it right on Trump. So why is he being ignored? Scared white people.

Red Sox fan accused of trying to frame the left with very lame anti-Trump graffiti.

Buzz Aldrin's Toy Story joke hilariously soars over Trump's head.

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Vacation, sax, tapioca, drywall cocaine, Trek disappointment, take a nap
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Jun 28 2017

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A few things before we dive in:

Dealing with those irritating auto-playing videos... I try to avoid linking to pages which have them, but they seem to comprise the majority of sites. The link takes you to a page with some suggested solutions.

The KGB Report newsletter will be on summer vacation for the next week and a half, returning on Monday, July 10. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter, where we'll be posting daily.

Enjoy the Fourth!

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Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 186 days remaining. This is the 160th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,302 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1846, Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone. He also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn, and saxtuba.

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Among other things, today is also National Tapioca Day.

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Florida man jailed after police mistake drywall for cocaine. (Palm Beach Post)

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Quote of the day:

"If only we could see in advance all the harm that can come from the good we think we are doing."
-Luigi Pirandello (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968)
(More Luigi Pirandello quotes)

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Big stories:
Vote delayed as G.O.P. struggles to marshal support for health care bill;
Trump campaign chief's firm got $17 million from pro-Russia party

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Billionaire Warren Buffett says 'the real problem' with the US economy is people like him. (CNBC)

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders lambastes fake news- and then promotes a journalist accused of deceptive videos. (Washington Post)

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The clue to next year's flu strain could be inside you. Ick. (Wired)

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Afterliff, the new dictionary of things there should be words for. Example: Banada n. A Canadian banana. (BoingBoing)

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Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to send cash. Western Union built its business on refugees and immigrants. Can it survive the political backlash against them? (Bloomberg)

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New Star Trek series will abandon Gene Roddenberry's cardinal rule. The showrunners decided to abandon Utopia for something they consider a little more realistic. Realistic? In other words, something that's not Star Trek. Just another dystopian future, and heaven knows, we have enough of them. (Ars Technica)

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Ohio councilman wants to save money, 'send a message' by letting overdose victims die. The message is you're a horrible person. (Huffington Post)

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Amazon's Echo Show strips you of your last shred of privacy. Amazon's new touchscreen/smart speaker has a feature called Drop In. It isn't just creepy. It's asking for trouble. It has a feature called Drop In. It basically lets certain people snoop on you. (CNET)

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The brightest light in our solar system isn't the sun- it's the Diocles laser. Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently fired up its ultra-high intensity Diocles laser that is brighter than anything seen in the history of planet Earth. (Digital Trends)

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Supreme Court sides with religious institutions in a major church-state decision. In siding with a Missouri church that had been denied money to resurface its playground, the court ruled 7-2 that excluding churches from state programs for which other charitable groups are eligible is a violation of the Constitution's protection of the free exercise of religion. (Washington Post)

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Massive cyberattack hits Europe with widespread ransom demands. The virus even downed systems at the site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, forcing scientists to monitor radiation levels there manually. (Washington Post)

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You can get your whole genome sequenced, but should you? No. They'll find stuff that will terrify you. Needlessly. (Wired)

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Top EPA official 'bullied' scientist to change testimony about dismissed scientists. According to emails obtained by the New York Times, the top scientist on the Environmental Protection Agency's scientific review board was instructed to downplay the mass dismissal of advisors when she testified before Congress. "I felt bullied," she says now. (Gizmodo)

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Take naps at work. apologize to no one. A growing field of occupational and psychological research is building the case for restfulness in pursuit of greater productivity. (New York Times)

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Canada's secret to resisting the west's populist wave. Canadian politics accounts for diversity without polarizing across ethnic or religious lines. (New York Times)

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Carbon in the atmosphere is rising, even as emissions stabilize. If the amount of the gas that people are putting out has stopped rising, how can the amount that stays in the air be going up faster than ever? Does it mean the natural sponges that have been absorbing carbon dioxide are now changing? (New York Times)

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Google lost its biggest regulatory battle yet, getting a record 2.4 billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine from European Union enforcers who say the search-engine giant skewed results to thwart smaller shopping search services. (Bloomberg)

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Macrauchenia Patahonica is the strangest animal ever discovered. (Quebec News Tribune)

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A Fox News host ambushed Jesse Ventura about his 'American Sniper' lawsuit. It got ugly. He says he can’t find work, has lost his Screen Actors Guild health insurance and recently inked a deal with the only agency that will deal with him- Russian state-funded television network RT. (Washington Post)

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Trump Dump:

Read 'em and weep... Trump's Twitter archive.

(As of midnight...)

White House tweets misleading criticism of CBO analysis. (PolitiFact)

Trump could start a trade war this week. (CNN Money)

Trump's company gets $6 million so Toronto hotel can erase brand. The hotel will likely be operated under Marriott International Inc.'s St. Regis brand, people familiar with the plan said earlier this month. (Bloomberg)

Trump team battling Disney over speech in 'Hall of Presidents' attraction? (The Hill)

Who created the fake Donald Trump Time cover hanging up at his golf courses? Fake news! (Gizmodo)

Trump's chaos is covering for stealth escalation overseas. While Washington is fixated on President Trump's tweets, antics, lies and Russiagate, the administration is ramping up a stealth escalation of our military involvement across the Middle East. (Washington Post)

Alec Baldwin confirms he will return to 'SNL' as Donald Trump. (Variety)

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Atari, PTSD, healthcare, dangers from wallpaper, cladding, ticks, Roundup, eventual asteroid destruction
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Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 12:08 AM EDT
Jun 27 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 27, the 178th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 187 days remaining. This is the 159th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,303 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1972, the video game company Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. Atari was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and home computers. The company's products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600, helped define the electronic entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

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Among other things, today is also National PTSD Awareness Day.

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Man Arrested After Pilotless Boat Crashes Onto Florida Beach.

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Quote of the day:

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows."
-Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968)
(More Helen Keller quotes)

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Big stories:
Senate health bill gets a wary reception, from coast to coast;
Senate GOP health-care bill appears in deeper trouble following new CBO report; Britain to test schools and hospitals after 75 out of 75 high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests.

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Your credit score may get a bump next month. About 12 million people will get a lift in their credit scores next month as the national credit reporting agencies wipe from their records two major sources of negative information about borrowers: tax liens and civil judgments.

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New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs. Critics say the study's "synthetic" Seattle model draws only from areas in Washington that are nothing like Seattle, and the report excludes multisite businesses, which employ a large percentage of Seattle's low-paid workforce. The latter fact was also problematic, he said, because that meant workers who left single-site businesses to work at multisite businesses were counted as job losses, not job gains in the UW study. (Seattle Times)

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"Pharma Bro" Shkreli jury picking goes very slow: 'I think he's a very evil man,' one woman says. Jury selection in the securities fraud trial of Martin Shkreli got off to a slow start Monday as multiple potential jurors expressed disdain for the notorious pharma bro, who gained infamy in 2015 by raising a drug price by more than 5,000 percent.

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The most devastating passage in the CBO's report on the Senate health bill... The CBO says "few low-income people would purchase any plan" under GOP health bill. (Vox)

As lawmakers debate GOP healthcare bill, new study finds stripping people of insurance can be deadly. The number of Americans who die prematurely would rise by about 29,000 each year if the health reform plan put forth by Senate Republicans were to go into full effect, a new report suggests. (Los Angeles Times)

Here's what happens to breast cancer diagnoses when Medicaid is rolled back. "Medicaid rollbacks may limit access to preventive and primary care that facilitates early diagnosis for low-income patients, which could lead to higher health care costs and poorer health outcomes over time. (Huffington Post)

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Will social media kill the novel? Writers thrive on privacy, not on Twitter. What does a world in which our interior lives are played out online mean for the novel? (The Guardian)

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Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court. The rest of us will lose out to corporate power without populist justices. (Washington Post)

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Your environment is out to kill you. Airborne fungal toxins from wallpaper pose serious health risk to homeowners (Tech Times).

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Why you should really be scared of ticks this summer. (New York Post)

Menacing tick that causes humans to develop a severe allergy to meat observed in Pennsylvania. (Philly Voice)

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California to list glyphosate (Roundup) as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight.

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How Carlin's seven dirty words fostered an open Internet 20 years ago. The Supreme Court ruled that the same censorship standards being applied to broadcast radio and television could not be applied to the Internet. (Ars Technica)

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Impact threat from asteroid Apophis cannot be ruled out. "We can rule out a collision at the next closest approach with the Earth (2029), but then the orbit will change in a way that is not fully predictable just now, so we cannot predict the behavior on a longer timescale." (phys.org)

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Google will no longer scan Gmail for ad targeting. As it builds its Google Cloud business for selling internet infrastructure and services to corporate customers, Google is trying to ease concerns that it will use data from corporate customers to help its mainstay advertising business.

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Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study. Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday. (phys.org)

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Why total solar eclipses are total coincidences. "The (diameter of the) moon is almost exactly 400 (times) smaller than the sun's diameter, and the sun is almost exact 400 times further away than the moon," said Mark Gallaway, an astronomer at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. "The consequence of this is that the angular diameter, or the size we see, of the sun and the moon in the sky are almost exactly the same." (LiveScience)

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Remember Star Trek's Eugenics War? Humans reach for godhood- and leave their humanity behind.

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John Oliver begs parents to listen to science (rather than Rob Schneider) on vaccines. (AV Club)

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Liberal arts in the data age... From Silicon Valley to the Pentagon, people are beginning to realize that to effectively tackle today's biggest social and technological challenges, we need to think critically about their human context—something humanities graduates happen to be well trained to do. Call it the revenge of the film, history, and philosophy nerds. (Harvard Business Review)

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How lack of sleep affects the brain. (BBC News)

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Watch a seven-day Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon right here. (Games Radar)

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Anonymous says NASA is about to announce evidence of alien life... (Science Alert) but Anonymous doesn't have any evidence to back up their speculation. (Popular Science)

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Amazon robots poised to revamp how Whole Foods runs warehouses. The retailer could bring its distribution technology to the grocery chain. (Bloomberg)

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'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly' slips to new low in week four. Beaten again by reruns of 60 Minutes and America's Funniest Home Videos. (Variety)

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Trump's "victory" on travel ban is far from "clear". The Supreme Court's partial stay raises some issues. (axios.com)

Trump likely to break many of his health-care promises- no matter what happens. (Washington Post).

Image of the United States has plunged under Trump, survey shows. Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House. (Reuters).

The National Enquirer's fervor for Trump... The tabloid is defined by its predatory spirit. Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal? (The New Yorker)

Trump won, and Amy Siskind started a list of changes. Now it's a sensation. Yeah, but it's no KGB Trump Dump... (Washington Post)

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Bar codes, chocolate pudding day, gator attack, Amazon drone beehive, perturbing the Kuiper Belt
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Published Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 26 2017

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Today is Monday, June 26, the 177th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 188 days remaining. This is the 158th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,304 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1974, the Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

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Among other things, today is also National Chocolate Pudding Day.

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WATCH: Gator goes after Florida man trying to take picture. You don't mess with Mama.

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Quote of the day:

"Strive for design simplicity. You never have to fix anything you leave out."
-William P. Lear (June 26, 1902 - May 14, 1978)
(Inventor of the LearJet and the eight track audio tape system.)
(More William P. Lear quotes)

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Big stories:
Senate Republicans reluctant to rush vote on healthcare bill.
Kushner firm's $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day.
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault.

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The Supreme Court's term ends today, and rumors about Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring has Washington on edge. Or not: No, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Is not retiring. (Above The Law)

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Kellyanne Conway defends Medicaid cuts, says adults can always find jobs. Among the able-bodied adults that Conway and congressional Republicans have in mind- that is, non-elderly adults on Medicaid who don't qualify for disability benefits- 79 percent are in families where someone works and 59 percent have jobs themselves, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (Huffington Post)

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Spot the flaw in a politician's argument with this guide to logical fallacies. (Lifehacker)

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Amazon's idea for a massive drone dock looks like a cross between a beehive and a spaceship. (Recode)

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Three lifestyle changes that may help guard against dementia. Surprisingly, avoiding cable news isn't one of them. (CBS News)

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Oklahoma doctor charged in overdose deaths of five patients. Osteopathic physician accused of prescribing controlled dangerous substances to patients without a legitimate medical need and in quantities and circumstances that disregarded human life. (newsok.com)

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Fish as medicine for rheumatoid arthritis. Eating fish may help reduce the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has found. (New York Times)

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Why a pro-life world has a lot of dead women in it. "Stop calling anti-abortion activists 'pro-life.' They're not." (Harper's Bazaar)

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What Jews of color hear when you say Gal Gadot isn't white. (foward.com)

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Google purges private medical records from search. Google might have begun working on the category's addition after an unfortunate event in December that exposed the sensitive medical condition of a massive number of people. An Indian pathology lab mistakenly uploaded 43,000 patients' blood tests, including their names and corresponding HIV test results. Google, doing what Google does best, indexed them all. This new policy could prevent mishaps like that from affecting people's lives, especially if they have a condition they only want close friends and family to know. (Engadget)

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Mars-sized object could be perturbing the Kuiper Belt. You won't like it when it's perturbed. (The Space Reporter)

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Extreme heat waves will change how we live. We're not ready. "We've built entire infrastructures with particular temperatures in mind. When temperatures get really high, we don't have the material capacity to deal with that." (Time)

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Spicy food really does keep you cooler in the summer. And stinkier. (Quartz)

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NASA just debunked Gwyneth Paltrow's latest snake oil. Goop tried to use space science to sell bogus stickers. NASA wasn't having it. (Vox)

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Remember all those reports last week about coconut oil is bad for you? Never mind. (Gizmodo) But, be aware that your drink might be making your allergies worse. (Lifehacker)

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Your sweat can now power a radio. (Axios)

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SpaceX nails second launch in three days. (space.com)

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Ten things we didn't know last week. (BBC News)

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Don't do the crime if you're anywhere near modern technology. Smart devices can testify against you. (The Guardian)

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Get cancer now, before Congress cuts your insurance. President Trump has portrayed Obamacare as a cesspool. The problem was never Obamacare. It was uninsured America- people who had been cut out of the system, but who were nonetheless pushing us toward collective bankruptcy. Obamacare just cleaned the water enough for us to finally see the time bomb in the depths. (New York Times)

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Vladimir Putin gave direct instructions to help elect Trump, report says. (CBS)

President Trump's Lies, the Definitive List. At least as of last Wednesday. "There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president- of either party- has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant." (New York Times)

Watergate lawyer: I witnessed Nixon's downfall—and I've got a warning for Trump. Richard Ben-Veniste on the uncanny parallels between the scandal he investigated and the controversy over the White House's alleged links to Russia. (The Atlantic)

Could Trump's White House tapes ruse actually get him in legal trouble? (Washington Post)

Trump's jobs plan is cynical BS and fairy dust. (Vice)

Trump confirms he called health care bill 'mean'. (CNN)

To the credulous goes the nation. How can you still doubt Trump's intelligence? (Washington Post)

What happens when a presidency loses its legitimacy? Mounting evidence that Trump's election was aided by Russian interference presents a challenge to the American system of government- with lasting consequences for democracy. (The Atlantic)

Trumps attend Steve Mnuchin's wedding, officiated by Mike Pence. (Vanity Fair).

Make America spell again? 25 of Donald Trump's Twitter spelling errors. (Newsweek)

I found Trump's diary—hiding in plain sight. Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump's Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don't want to lose it. (Politico)

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River fire, onion rings, Florida cannibals, potty-trained newborns, rodents, ticks, virgin olive oil, caterpillar-based vaccines...
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Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 22 2017

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Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. This is the 154th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,308 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Between the years 1868 and 1969,
the Cuyahoga River caught fire 12 times.

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Among other things, today is also National Onion Ring(s) Day.

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Florida man jailed after claiming cannibals wanted to eat his intestines.

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Quote of the day:

"But probably that's the way of the world- when we have finally learned something we're too old to apply it- and so it goes, wave after wave, generation after generation. No one learns anything at all from anyone else."
-Erich Maria Remarque (June 22, 1898 - September 25, 1970)
(More Erich Maria Remarque quotes)

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Big stories:
Senate Republicans set to release health-care bill, but divisions remain;
One of Iraq's most famous landmarks, a mosque in Mosul, was destroyed. Iraq said ISIS did it, but the militants blamed a U.S. air strike;
Uber shakeups continue as investor Bill Gurley said to be leaving board
Republicans are thrilled by their victory in Georgia, but the celebration may be brief.

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First-of-its-kind clean coal plant may not burn coal at all. After years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, Mississippi regulators on Wednesday called on Southern to work up a deal that would have the plant fueled only by gas.

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Older dads have geeky sons with higher IQs. I was only 21 when my son was born, but he seemed sufficiently geeky to me. Maybe it was the environment...

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Physician couple toilet-trains newborn, skips diapers. All you have to do is "tune into a baby’s cues and natural rhythms and bring the child to a toilet when it seems like the right time." Of course.

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Spillover beasts: which animals pose the biggest viral risk? Hint: don't snuggle with rodents.

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Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer's, preserves memory, new study shows.

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Really? Vaccines can be blamed for any illness, even with lack of evidence, says EU court. EU's highest court ruled that if a person receiving the vaccine was well before or did not have a personal or family history of the disease and if significant number of similar cases of the disease is reported among people receiving a certain vaccine, the vaccine may be considered as a culprit. And on the subject of vaccines, Caterpillar-grown flu vaccine protects better than egg-incubated vaccine. The only thing that sprung to my mind was Mothra.

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Oh, lovely: the tick that gives people meat allergies is spreading.

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Czech scientists see growing risk of asteroid hitting Earth. The astronomers... drew their conclusion after analysing 144 bolides- large meteors that explode in the atmosphere- from the Taurids and detecting a new branch with at least two asteroids measuring 200-300 metres (220-330 yards) in diameter. Also see here.

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Two Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says.

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Hillary Clinton is under investigation AGAIN for her handling of government emails and the former Secretary of State and her aides could have their security clearances revoked.

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Oops. the US Geological Survey sent out an alert that a magnitude-6.8 earthquake had struck 10 miles west of Santa Barbara, California on Wednesday. "They clicked the wrong button," said Justin Pressfield, a spokesman for the agency. "It was human error and software."

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How an entire nation became Russia's test lab for cyberwar. Sounds sort of like the film Live Free or Die Hard, which was based on this 1997 Wired essay.

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The architect of the radical right. How the Nobel Prize–winning economist James M. Buchanan shaped today’s anti-government politics.

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The eerie alignment of ancient giant galaxies. New research using Hubble shows these massive, bright objects aligned with their surroundings as far back as 10 billion years ago.

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"This bill is half as good as The Mummy"

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

President Trump might be forced to testify under oath about Trump University after all, because the U.S. Supreme Court has held that even sitting presidents are not immune from civil law suits.

Trump turns an Iowa rally into a venting session.

Congressional Black Caucus rejects invitation to meet with Trump because concerns discussed during a preliminary meeting with Mr. Trump on March 22 "fell on deaf ears."

New U.S. Cuba policy is unpopular, just like President Trump.

President Trump may reveal this week whether secret tapes exist.

Queen Elizabeth neglects to mention president Trump's planned visit- does that mean it's off?

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That's it for this week. See you Monday.

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Solstice, Humanists, Sartre, puppies, lyme disease, Vitamin D, sunscreen, heat waves
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Jun 21 2017

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Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. This is the 153rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,309 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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The Solstice occurs today at 4:24 UT.

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On this day in 1964, Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner, were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

On this day in 2005, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in their deaths, 41 years to the day earlier. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He appealed the verdict, but the sentence was upheld on January 12, 2007, by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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Among other things, today is also World Humanist Day.

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Florida woman buries father in yard, collects his Social Security benefits, officials say.

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Quote of the day:

"Hell is other people."
-Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 - April 15, 1980)
(More Jean-Paul Sartre quotes)

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Big stories:
Michael Flynn was present for weeks of daily C.I.A. briefings, despite widespread agency concerns that he was vulnerable to blackmail; Karen Handel wins Georgia special election, fending off upstart Democrat; Senate GOP leaders will present health bill this week, even as divisions flare; Suspect fatally shot in Brussels Central Station terror attack.

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Marital strain? Try puppy pictures for a better relationship. According to a study from a university in... Florida. Of course.

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Unproven treatments for 'Chronic Lyme Disease' lead to severe infections. Patients took prolonged courses of antibiotics for months or even years.

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More people are taking Vitamin D than ever. Here's why that might be risky. More than 18% of the population gets excess vitamin D—and more than 3% takes doses so high they could be dangerous.

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Google's new job search pulls in listings from all the top sites. he company says it’s using machine learning to help organize listings from different sources.

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Hawking urges multi-national Moon landing by 2020 to 'elevate humanity'. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years' time and send people to Mars by 2025.

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Alex Jones' former wife says 'He looked like a moron' during Megyn Kelly interview. Related: Fox says Megyn Kelly NOT welcome back. It's like being told you can never eat rutabagas again.

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Think you're out of the loop? GOP health bill kept secret from Senators assigned to write it.

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How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill. The racket of "convenience drugs."

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How sunscreen SPF is measured. Science? Nope. They cook fair-skinned people in the sun. And speaking of sunscreen: Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline.

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Who really needs to be gluten-free? Probably not you.

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Italian farm acts as a lab to find out if animals can predict earthquakes. It looks like they can.

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Ether threatens Bitcoin. With recent price increases, the outstanding units of the Ether currency were worth around $34 billion as of Monday- or 82 percent as much as all the Bitcoin in existence. At the beginning of the year, Ether was only about five percent as valuable as Bitcoin.

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Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network.

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There'll be a quiz later. Why Phoenix's airplanes can't take off in extreme heat. Also, the science behind Arizona's record-setting heat wave.

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Scientists say the possible benefits in most uses of triclosan and triclocarban- used in some soaps, toothpastes, detergents, paints, carpets- are not worth the risk. The statement, published today in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, urges “the international community to limit the production and use of triclosan and triclocarban and to question the use of other antimicrobials.

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Dogs... so nice we domesticated them twice.

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Trove of new horror species discovered in Australian abyss. A month-long expedition off Australia's coast has returned with a whole new collection of abyssal beasts.

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European scientists are ready to test a vaccine that lowers bad cholesterol. "the AT04A vaccine, when injected under the skin in mice that have been fed fatty, Western-style food in order to induce high cholesterol and the development of atherosclerosis, reduced the total amount of cholesterol by 53%, shrank atherosclerotic damage to blood vessels by 64%, and reduced biological markers of blood vessel inflammation by 21-28%, compared to unvaccinated mice."

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The symptoms of dying... the hours before death are similar across the vast majority of human afflictions.

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A huge collection of Nazi artifacts was discovered hidden behind a bookcase in Argentina.

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Your car thermometer isn't accurate. It also isn't a thermometer.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Radio host quits after he's told to be nicer to Trump.

Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions.

Judge won't make Trump University settlement objector post large bond. A woman objecting to the $25 million settlement of fraud claims over the Trump University real estate program will not be required to post a nearly $150,000 bond in order to pursue an appeal that could allow her to bail out of the deal.

Trump's FBI director nominee Christopher Wray removed a reference to a case involving Russia from his bio.

The obscure clause challenging Donald Trump.

Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, lawyers up.

Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing.

Sean Spicer doing fewer TV briefings because he 'got fatter' says Steve Bannon.

Meet Andrew Weissmann, the prosecutor Trumpworld fears and loathes.

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Jaws, Vanilla Milkshake Day, Megyn flops, 10 new planets, power causes brain damage
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Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 12:51 AM EDT
Jun 20 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 194 days remaining. This is the 152nd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,310 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1975, the motion picture Jaws was released nationally on 450 screens. Jaws became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars (1977). It won several awards for its soundtrack and editing. Along with Star Wars, Jaws was pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model, which revolves around high box-office returns from action and adventure pictures with simple "high-concept" premises that are released during the summer in thousands of theaters and supported by heavy advertising.

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Among other things, today is also National Vanilla Milkshake Day.

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Florida woman accused of stealing city money to get a butt lift.

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Quote of the day:

"Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America."
-Lillian Hellman (June 20, 1905 - June 30, 1984)
(More Lillian Hellman quotes)

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Big stories:
Otto Warmbier dies after return from North Korea; Senate Democrats try to gum up works over Affordable Care Act repeal; Russia warns U.S. after downing of Syrian warplane.

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Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview had lower ratings than a game-show rerun. Kelly's show was not only beaten out by an ABC rerun of "America's Funniest Home Videos" that attracted 3.7 million viewers, but also by a CBS rerun of "60 Minutes" watched by 5.3 million viewers, and Fox's U.S. Golf Open Championship coverage that received 6.1 million viewers.

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NTSB releases details of fatal Tesla Model S crash. Driver apparently ignored warnings to put his hands on the wheel.

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Elon Musk to reveal updated plans for colonizing Mars. The bad news: it won't be ready by the 2018 mid-term elections.

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19-year-olds are as inactive as 60-year-olds, study finds. Even worse, they don't get senior discounts.

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Study reveals "staggering" toll of guns on U.S. kids... nearly 1,300 children in the U.S. die in shootings each year and another 5,790 survive gunshot wounds- from handguns, rifles and shotguns- according to the study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

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If you had problems with your cell phone service on Monday, you weren't alone.

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How cats used humans to conquer the world. Originally native to the middle east, now the little buggers are everywhere.

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The iPhone is 10 years old. Here's the story of its birth. It wasn't pretty.

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Star Trek: Discovery begins September 24. I'm a bit apprehensive. The show runner, Alex Kurtzman, produced and co-wrote the first two J.J. Abrams Trek reboot movies (including the worst Trek film ever made, the execrable Star Trek: Into Darkness and directed the disaster which is Tom Cruise's The Mummy. And I'm not signing up for CBS All-Access.

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Despite a lawsuit threat, John Oliver does a number on Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp. A big number.

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GOP-hired data company leaked information on 198 million citizens. Discovered by an analyst with the cyber security company UpGuard, the data was stored on a publicly accessible Amazon server. More than a terabyte of that data was not password protected. The data included citizens' contact information, addresses, birthdays, and analyses used to predict how they felt about controversial political topics like gun control and abortion.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says carbon emissions not main driver for climate change. Remember, this is the guy who finished 12th on Dancing with the Stars.

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Smartphones made his kids 'moody' and 'withdrawn.' Now he wants to ban them for preteens. Hmph. In my day, we were moody and withdrawn without high-tech assistance.

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Three-quarters of the planet could face deadly heatwaves by 2100.

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The most amazing lie in history.

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Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples, surprising even researchers.

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Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets. Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.

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A busy day for the Supreme Court: Supreme Court agrees to hear potentially monumental political gerrymandering case. The case could dramatically impact the way states draw electoral districts. Government can't refuse disparaging trademarks. The ruling is a victory for an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, and could impact a separate dispute involving Washington's football team. The Court also struck down a North Carolina law that barred convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

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Why Brubeck's 'Take Five' owes its existence to the US State Department.

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Nine Star Trek movies are coming to Amazon Prime in July. All the pre-Abrams movies, except Nemesis.

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Chicken sandwich hitches a balloon ride to the stratosphere. KFC sends fast food where no Zinger has gone before.

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After 29 years, Chuck Shepherd retires from News of the Weird.

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Power causes brain damage. Over time, leaders lose mental capacities- most notably for reading other people- that were essential to their rise.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

At height of Russia tensions, Trump campaign chairman Manafort met with business associate from Ukraine.

What you need to know about Trump's meeting with tech CEOs.

Swell. Silicon Valley could be next target for Trump-style nationalism.

Scientists praise energy innovation office trump wants to shut down.

U.S. economy at risk from Trump's poll numbers.

Trump steaks, but for hotels. The new American Idea chain has nothing to sell but the President.

'Trump death' in Julius Caesar prompts threats to wrong theatres. You know, like how many theaters are there that have Shakespeare plays?

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Garfield, Juneteenth, 13 pound baby, quantum entanglements, you think in 11 dimensions...
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Published Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 12:17 AM EDT
Jun 19 2017

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Today is Monday, June 19, the 170th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 195 days remaining. This is the 151st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,311 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1978, Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, made its debut.

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Among other things, today is also Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

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Florida woman breaks county record with 13 pound, five ounce baby.

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Quote of the day:

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes a day. Wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit."
-Elbert Hubbard (June 19, 1856 - May 7, 1915)
(More Elbert Hubbard quotes)

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Big stories:
Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case Ends in a Mistrial.
Finsbury Park London: Vehicle strikes and injures multiple pedestrians near mosque, police say.
The Navy has released the names of the seven sailors killed when a cargo ship collided with a destroyer. All were found in flooded berths..
Portugal forest fires: Three days of mourning for 61 victims.

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Facing Alex Jones, NBC's Megyn Kelly managed to avoid a worst-case outcome. Rather than let Jones run away with it, "Sunday Night" let him show himself to be an impertinent, ill-informed, foulmouthed, possibly deranged egomaniac with a forehead constantly beaded in sweat. It showed viewers how Infowars grew and sustains itself by peddling right-wing merchandise and Jones-endorsed dietary supplements. It looked briefly back at Jones's early days as just another cable-access kook in Austin, and revealed the flimsy, almost nonexistent definition of "research" (articles he and his staff find online) that sets the Infowars agenda. The interview is here. Frankly: meh.

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Health alert! Coconut Oil is as bad for you as beef fat and butter.

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China to launch four more probes before 2021.

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The 'Deep State' theory, explained. The best definition I heard, in relation to the Trump administration, was "the rule of law."

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How much are people making from the 'gig economy'? Not much, it turns out.

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An artificial intelligence designed by Facebook has developed its own non-human language.

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Why Amazon bought Whole Foods. Amazon needs food and urban real estate, and Whole Foods needs help.

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Southern Baptists embrace gender-inclusive language in the Bible. America's largest Protestant denomination has produced a revised translation that incorporates many features it had long condemned.

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Everything is cheap and nobody has jobs. Welcome to the future.

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Cheaper alternative to EpiPen allergy shot approved by FDA. No specifics on price. Mylan's device costs $20 to make, sells for $300.

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Amazon's move signals end of line for many cashiers. Our mental image of job-killing automation is robots in factories or warehouses. But the next jobs to disappear are probably ones that are a much bigger part of most people's daily lives: retail workers and cashiers in stores and restaurants. And then there's Just in time, Amazon patents method to prevent in-store comparison shopping. It may block access to the competitor's site, preventing customers from viewing comparable products from rivals. It might redirect the customer to Amazon's own site or to other, Amazon-approved sites. It might notify an Amazon salesperson to approach the customer. Or it might send the customer's smartphone a text message, coupon or other information designed to lure the person back into Amazon's orbit.

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Beware the collapsing social contract..

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Special Prosecutor Mueller is a political hack.

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How to browse the web and leave no trace. Unsubscribing from spam only makes it worse.

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A compiled list of collective nouns. A group of ants is called a colony. A group of aunts is called a book club.

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America has always been angry and violent. Last Wednesday's shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others has prompted much hand wringing about the state of the nation. But political violence and anger are embedded in America's DNA.

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How St. Augustine invented sex. He rescued Adam and Eve from obscurity, devised the doctrine of original sin- and the rest is sexual history.

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America's cultural divide runs deep. While rural and urban Americans share some economic challenges, they frequently diverge on questions of culture and values.

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Quantum entanglement, science's 'spookiest' phenomenon, achieved in space. Scientists beamed particles from a satellite to two locations on Earth 750 miles apart- and the particles were still mysteriously connected.

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The 11 longest-lived animals.

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Signs of the apocalypse: Ted Nugent said he'll be appearing on Bill Maher's show to discuss toning down political rhetoric.

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Bullfighter gored to death after tripping on own cape.

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Scientists say humans can think in 11 dimensions. And I can't find my car keys in any of them.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows.

Who in the White House will turn against Donald Trump? Veteran Washington reporters... have never observed this kind of anxiety, regret, and sense of imminent personal doom among White House staffers- not to this degree, anyway. These troubled aides seem to think that they can help their own standing by turning on those around them- and that by retailing information anonymously they will be able to live with themselves after serving a President who has proved so disconnected from the truth and reality.

Why Republicans won't work for the Trump administration.

Six people have resigned from Trump's HIV/AIDS advisory council because he "doesn't care".

Trump lawyer insists there is no obstruction investigation- but then hedges.

Russia renewed unused Trump trademarks in 2016.

Trump's planned EPA cuts will hit America's most vulnerable.

CEOs to Trump: You're failing.

A pro-Trump group is using Obama's voice out of context in radio ad for Georgia's special election.

Best Trump-Russia scandal jokes (so far).

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Pinatubo, National Lobster Day, mad dragons down the pants, pigeon seduction, giant flying turkeys, no soup for you.
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Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 2:37 AM EDT
Jun 15 2017

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Today is Thursday, June 15, the 166th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 199 days remaining. This is the 147th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,315 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. Over 800 people died.

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Among other things, today is also National Lobster Day.

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Florida man arrested after putting Mad Dragons down his pants.

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Quote of the day:

"One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it."
-Herbert Simon (June 15, 1916-February 9, 2001)
(More Herbert Simon quotes)

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The big stories: The Arlington,Virginia shooting; Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say; The London fire: what we know.

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Fox News drops 'Fair and Balanced' motto.
"Fox News is dropping it for the more accurate tag line, 'Paranoia and ads for Cialis.'-Conan O'Brien
"...for the same reason United dropped 'Fly the friendly skies.'-Seth Meyers

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Karen Pence brings 20,000 bees to the vice president's home. The Vice President isn't allowed near the hive if the queen is in residence.

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$1M in meth-laced lollipops seized in Houston. Investigators said they believe the sale of the lollipops, some bearing images of Batman and Star Wars characters, was aimed at children. Although I don't know any kids who would pay $20 to $40 for a lollipop.

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Rachel Maddow reacts to news that Alexandria shooter was a fan of hers. And here's Rolling Stone's Rachel Maddow interview.

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In the 1983 TV movie Special Bulletin, a terrorist group brings a homemade atomic bomb aboard a tugboat in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina in order to blackmail the U.S. Government into disabling its nuclear weapons, and the incident is caught live on television. Which brings us to: Port of Charleston terminal evacuated over 'potential threat'.

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In dramatic turnabout, Southern Baptists condemn white supremacy.

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No soup for you. Soupman of 'Seinfeld' Soup Nazi fame files for bankruptcy protection.

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Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer. Relax. Google already knows everything there is to know about you.

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Joel Schumacher apologizes for 'Batman & Robin'. Ok, but how about 'Phantom of the Opera'?

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The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular- yet their language is eerily religious. Why?

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James Baldwin's FBI file runs 1,884 pages. It's full of marginalia, including this, in 1964, from J. Edgar Hoover: "Isn't Baldwin a Well-Known Pervert?"

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When prayer alone does not suffice. Even as Americans keep the latest victims of a mass shooting in their thoughts, they have an obligation to figure out how to prevent any recurrence.

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How a Philly Ob-Gyn ended up delivering a baby gorilla.

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Did the sun have a twin? Scientists say yes, and it may have wiped out the dinosaurs. A new study released by researchers at UC Berkley and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory have concluded that our sun, as well as similar stars, had twins.

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I dare you not to click on "Inside the Quirky World of Competitive Pigeon Seduction". Also, "Giant flying turkeys once roamed Australia because of course they did".

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As families of the Sandy Hook victims continue to pressure NBC to ax Megyn Kelly's Sunday interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the network has been holding crisis meetings about how to handle the backlash.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc.

Even Trump's aides blame him for obstruction probe: 'President did this to himself'.

Trump huddled with donors on day of Comey testimony.

Trump predictably abandons the AHCA- and Democrats' 2018 gift comes early..

Donald Trump is now facing three emoluments lawsuits.

Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions.

Trump sells Qatar $12 billion of U.S. weapons days after accusing it of funding terrorism.

Trump tweaks travel ban timing. He modified the timing of his travel ban executive order Wednesday in an apparent bid to bolster his chances of persuading the Supreme Court to revive the embattled measure.

Trump critics are boycotting Dolce & Gabbana. The brand trolled them with $245 T-shirts.

Trump's Twitter habits have changed- in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Trump isn't being a CEO. He's just AWOL.

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40 or so things you really need to know about. Like feline whisker fatigue.
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Jun 14 2017

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Today is Wednesday, June 14, the 165th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 200 days remaining. This is the 146th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,316 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

Today is Trump's 71st birthday. He was born on June 14, 1946.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1777, The Stars and Stripes was adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States. Today is Flag Day in the United States.

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Among other things, today is also National Strawberry Shortcake Day.

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Florida man avoids more prison time for Clinton Foundation hack attempt.

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Quote of the day:

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
-Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811-July 1, 1896)

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Why it was easier to be skinny in the 1980s. To be honest, they don't know. But a person with the same food intake and exercise level today weighs over two pounds more. I blame cable news.

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The aftermath of a deadly mushroom bloom in California. A surge of death-cap poisonings might provide the data to save future victims.

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Lee Camp: How to Write Propaganda for the NY Times. The Times pisses off left-wingers as well.

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After a relentless three-year ascent, large bellwether companies like Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon led a two-day sell-off, prompting fears of a wider stock market retreat.

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Yahoo, one of the founding companies of the Internet era, is no more.

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Why are dogs scared of fireworks? 11 things you should know.

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Are cats smarter than dogs? Experts waffle. There's evidence they may be tastier.

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Letter shows Jeff Sessions' plan to prosecute medical marijuana providers. In a letter he wrote to Congress back in May, which was obtained by the news site MassRoots.com and published on Monday, Sessions requested that congressional leaders help him in his battle with legal cannabis by letting him essentially override state marijuana laws. Congressional leaders would do this by agreeing not to renew a current federal law, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prevents the Justice Department from interfering with medical-marijuana decisions made at the state level.

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Finally, some good news. Urban legends to the contrary, the chances of you swallowing a spider while sleeping are slim to none. But we're not completely out of the woods. According to the FDA, there is an average of 60 or more bug fragments per quarter pound of chocolate. Peanut butter has 30 or more insect fragments per quarter pound. Everything you eat likely has critter parts in it.

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JPMorgan Chase pulls Megyn Kelly ads over interview with Alex Jones. Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer, tweeted earlier on Monday that "as an advertiser, I'm repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes." Indeed, it seems nobody wants NBC to air Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview, not even Alex Jones.

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Religious liberals sat out of politics for 40 years. Now they want in the game. Faith leaders whose politics fall to the left of center are getting more involved in politics to fight against President Trump's policies.

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Russian cyber hacks on U.S. electoral system far wider than previously known. Pre-election hacking was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

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Hearing aids at the mall? Congress could make it happen. Bipartisan support for a bill that would remove the audiologist middle-man and permit over-the-counter hearing aid sales at a fraction of the cost.

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The liver: a 'blob' that runs the body. The underrated, unloved liver performs more than 300 vital functions. No wonder the ancients believed it to be the home of the human soul.

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Well, there's your problem... your kitty has "whisker fatigue."

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Senate Republicans back off proposed restrictions on media. Senate Republicans on Tuesday quickly backed away from a proposal to restrict media access in the Capitol after an angry backlash from reporters and an emergency meeting between the Senate Rules Committee and the media gallery directors.

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Reza Aslan, Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher: TV takes offense- selectively. Aslan and Griffin lost their jobs. Not so Bill Maher.

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EpiPen maker faces revolt over exec's $98 million pay package.

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A new study of wireless carriers has bad news for Verizon.

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Drug that creates a 'real sun-tan' could eliminate need for cancer-causing sun exposure.

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Swell. E-cigarettes potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes, study says. UConn researchers found that e-cigarettes loaded with a nicotine-based liquid are potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes when it comes to causing DNA damage.

Even sweller: Eight-year study finds heavy French fry eaters have 'double' the chance of death. But the researchers warn the cause of increased mortality may be the result of a whole lifestyle of choices surrounding heavy fries consumption.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc.

Jeff Sessions testifies; GOP writes secret health care bill- A Closer Look:

Other acerbic takes on Sessions' testimony:

Kindly Senators try to help confused elderly gentleman who wandered into Capitol building; Man ravaged by amnesia somehow able to hold down demanding legal job; Jeff Sessions tries to distract Senate intelligence committee by reminding them he's a racist.

The questions Sessions left unanswered. He defended himself against what he called "scurrilous and false allegations" related to Russia. But he repeatedly refused to answer senators' queries.

If you're in New York, The Daily Show's Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library opens Friday. Located at 3 West 57th Street near Fifth Avenue, a convenient stone's throw from Trump Tower, admission is free and open to the public between 11 AM-7 PM ET.

What stops Republicans from behaving rationally? Unlike Senate and House Republicans during Watergate, there are few genuine leaders of principle whose sense of propriety is offended by Trump. The moral and intellectual quality of the current crew of Republicans pales in comparison to the type of Republicans who finally told Richard Nixon the jig was up.

Trump administration grants work permits to thousands of illegal immigrants. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants have been granted work permits by the Trump administration under an Obama-era deferred-action program that President Trump had promised to end on his first day in office, according to federal data. Trump had called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program an "unconstitutional executive amnesty" during his campaign. But statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released last week showed that more than 17,000 new DACA applicants were approved for the program in the first three months of 2017.

Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea. Was he sent by Trump?

'I have no idea': The White House's spokesmen aren't speaking much these days.

Five questions about Melania Trump's move to the White House.

Broad City will bleep out Trump's name next season.

Ivanka Trump uses only the finest, most downtrodden sweatshop labor to make her clothes.

Trump is making America more hostile and mentally ill: New England Journal of Medicine study. But then again, A bad mood could be good for you.

Trump blocked veterans on Twitter after they criticized his Muslim ban.

Will Trump destroy the dollar? How a clash with the Fed could stoke inflation and destabilize the economy.

Trump administration scraps new protection for endangered whales, sea turtles.

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Trump administration says financial watchdog agency should be defanged. Surest sign the agency is effective.

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Pentagon Papers, kitchen klutzes, machete-point beer, heart vs. toes, the Covfefe Act
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Jun 13 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 13, the 164th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 201 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 145 days. There are 1,318 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1971, The New York Times began publication of The Pentagon Papers. The papers revealed that the U.S. had secretly enlarged the scale of the Vietnam War with the bombings of nearby Cambodia and Laos, coastal raids on North Vietnam, and Marine Corps attacks, none of which were reported in the mainstream media. The papers were released by Daniel Ellsberg, who had worked on the study. Ellsberg was initially charged with conspiracy, espionage, and theft of government property, but the charges were later dropped after prosecutors investigating the Watergate Scandal discovered that the staff members in the Nixon White House had ordered the so-called White House Plumbers to engage in unlawful efforts to discredit Ellsberg.

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Among other things, today is also National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day.

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Florida man with machete orders man to steal beer.

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Quote of the day:

"Man can embody truth but he cannot know it."
-William Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865-January 28, 1939)
More quotes.

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Really smart people have had some really bizarre habits. I feel much better about myself now.

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Johnson & Johnson's Invokana prevents heart attacks but increases risks of amputated toes. For every three heart attacks, strokes, or cardiovascular deaths prevented by Invokana, there were two amputations, 71% of them of toes or the lower foot, according to the results of the 10,142-patient study, which was funded by Johnson & Johnson. It is being presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association tonight, and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Bill Cosby's defense case was roughly as long as the first commercial break on a late night talk show... about six minutes. Cosby didn't testify.

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Senate Republicans reportedly won't release the draft of their health-care bill to replace Obamacare. No hearings, either. Majority leader Mitch McConnell wants the bill passed before the July 4 recess. If it is, it'll go back to the House, where heaven knows what further indignities will be foisted upon us. It would appear that It would appear the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is in deep trouble.

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U.S. power companies warned Russian 'nightmare' cyber weapon already causing blackouts. The computer code, dubbed "CrashOverride” by Maryland-based Dragos, and "Industroyer" by ESET in Slovakia, is a genuine cyber weapon that can map out a power station’s control network and, with minimal human guidance, issue malicious commands directly to critical equipment. Only once before has the world seen malware designed for such sabotage, with the 2010 Stuxnet virus used against Iran’s nuclear program. CrashOverride is the first to target civilians and the first such malware built to target a nation’s power supply.

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Eureka? Yes, Eureka! Forget Zuckerberg.

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Fifty-five years ago this week, Rachel Carson published the first part of "Silent Spring" in The New Yorker. Carson exposed, in detail, the dangers of the pesticide DDT; her work jump-started the American environmental movement and helped bring about the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The importance of Adam West's 'Bright Knight' Batman: He helped save Batman and changed what was possible with DC Comics' Dark Knight Detective. How Adam West made peace with life and career after his iconic 'Batman' role.

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Dr. Olivia Doll sits on boards of seven international medical journals. She's also an Australian dog named Ollie. The dog's academic career was created by Professor Mike Daube from Curtin University, a public health expert in Perth. He wanted to expose the predatory practices of some scientific magazines, which charge fees and do not go through a rigorous vetting process, looking to take advantage of researchers.

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Universal mathematics: the spooky uniformity of life on Earth. We're all scaled up or scaled down versions of each other. More or less.

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Pig brain cells implanted into brains of people with Parkinson's. The hope is that compounds made by these cells will nourish the remaining dopamine-producing cells in the patients' brains, slowing further loss.

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New record set for world's fastest elevator. Chinese elevator goes up at 44.7 miles per hour (65.56 feet per second). It descends at 22 miles per hour (32 feet per second), on supposes, to prevent people from screaming.

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We need to talk about the power of AI to manipulate humans. Our tendency to become emotionally attached to chatbots could be exploited by companies seeking a profit.

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How The Intercept outed Reality Winner. Most new printers print nearly invisibly yellow dots that track down exactly when and where documents, any document, is printed. Because the NSA logs all printing jobs on its printers, it can use this to match up precisely who printed the document.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Again, the best place to go for a summary of craziness in Trumpville is Late Night with Seth Meyers:

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc.

Trump lawyer won't rule out firing special counsel in Russia probe..

Attorney General Sessions to talk publicly to U.S. Senate panel. Sessions will likely face tough questions at the open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing over his dealings with Russian officials during the campaign and whether he had a role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump hotels not tracking foreign cash despite Trump promise.

D.C., Maryland to sue President Donald Trump alleging breach of constitutional oath. The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president.

President Trump held a Cabinet meeting, and it was weird. Unqualified (and unearned) praise for Trump. This is probably what a North Korean cabinet meeting is like.

The Ninth Circuit deals Trump travel ban another defeat and cites his Twitter comments. You'd think he'd learn to dummy up by now. Looks like the next stop is the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump, Jr. appears to corroborate Comey's version of the Oval Office meeting with Trump. Junior tells Fox News Dad did tell Comey to let Flynn off the hook.

The Covfefe Act has a silly name- but it addresses a real quandary. The bill amends the Presidential Records Act to include the term "social media" among the materials that are documented, "ensuring additional preservation of presidential communication and statements while promoting government accountability and transparency." Which means... Trump can't delete his tweets?

Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House. The president has threatened to oust his chief of staff if major changes are not made, but many are skeptical he'll follow through.

Trump-like 'Julius Caesar' assassinated in New York play. Delta, Bank of America pull funding. Frankly, I think the actor looks more like Conan O'Brien. The play "takes onstage Trump-trolling to a startling new level," said a New York Times review entitled "Can Trump Survive in Caesar's Palace?" The New Yorker offered this defense. And nobody seemed upset about a 2012 Obama-themed version.

Expect comedian Roseanne Barr to tackle Donald Trump and the current reality of ordinary Americans when a revival of her popular family sitcom debuts on ABC mid-season. Unless they do it live, I don't see how a scripted/recorded series can possibly try to stay current with the events in Trump land. I know stuff I publish at midnight is often outdated before it hits the website or email boxes of subscribers. The eight-episode revival will ignore the fact they killed off John Goodman's character in the original series.

Trump faces 'put up or shut up' moment over possible secret tapes.

So long, Trump Tower. First lady Melania Trump and son Barron moved into White House. And they look thrilled.

Trump's deputy press secretary tweeted pure gibberish. The world was ready.

Multiple transit projects across U.S. at risk as White House infrastructure plan falters. Here in Pittsburgh, the Transportation Department tells us we're out of luck. More than 50 projects across the country could be affected.

Trump is likely to get much, much worse. Here are a few big things to watch for.

CNN canceled Reza Aslan's show "Believer" after profane anti-Trump tweets. Aslan has been a virulent critic of Trump for some time, but this particular tweet crossed a line in the minds of some media critics. Prominent conservatives weighed in and said they wanted Aslan to be fired. He had called the Trump "a piece of," er, excrement.

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Loving, peanut butter cookie day, Hooters 911, K9 influenza, dead ducks in DC, poisons for murder and suicide, 10 things we didn't know, Trump Dump
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Today is Monday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 202 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 144 days. There are 1,319 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1967, The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. Although not a national holiday, Loving Day, observed on June 12 each year, is the biggest multiracial celebration in the United States.

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Among other things, today is also National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.

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Florida man called 911 to get a ride to Hooters.

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Quote of the day:

"I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out."
-Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-February or March 1945)

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Conspiracy theorists worried about Rachel Maddow's recent illness... “To think she is on the Kremlin’s radar is not absurd,” DailyKos blogger LibbyD observed. “Her journalism is remarkable and I think she’s getting closer and closer to the truth. We all know what Putin does to his critics and opposition leaders. Will he go as far to do something to Rachel?”

At the very least, MSNBC should spring for a food taster. If anything happened to her, my mother would be crushed.

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The canine influenza virus (H3N2) that hit Chicago in 2015 appears to be resurfacing in the southeast U.S. Jerry Klein, DVM, chief veterinary officer at the America Kennel Club (AKC), believes the southeast outbreak began at dog shows in Perry, Georgia, and DeLand, Florida. (Veterinary Practice News)

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Nicholas Meyer, one of the most respected creators in Star Trek franchise history (Star Trek II, IV, and VI), is dropping hints that he's involved in an as of yet unannounced Star Trek project. (comicbook.com)

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Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders flirted with the boundaries of this rule during a confirmation hearing for Russell Vought, President Trump's nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget: Bernie Sanders' religious test for Christians in public office. (The Atlantic)

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One of those things you stumble upon which makes you wonder why someone thought it would make a good idea for an article: seven major poisons for murders and suicides. Related trivia: a person weighing 150 pounds would have to chew 143 apple seeds to die from cyanide poisoning. (You have to chew... swallowed whole, they just pass through the digestive tract.) (thoughtco.com)

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A new study says eating late at night could be more dangerous than you think. You know, according to all of these studies, I died in 1986. (Big Think)

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Humans are way better at detecting and avoiding sick people than previously thought. So good, in fact, that our brains can detect disease in others before it even breaks out. (Big Think)

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Ten things we didn't know last week, including Barack Obama wore the same dinner jacket and shoes for eight years, your printer might be adding a secret code to all your documents, and there's a schoolboy with a higher IQ than Stephen Hawking. (BBC)

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Chimpanzees do not have human rights. Previous courts have determined that chimpanzees could not be granted legal rights because they're unable to bear "legal responsibilities and societal duties." I can think of a number of elected officials who also fail to pass that test. (Washington Post)

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The Navy has been in a long budgetary downward spiral since the Cold War ended. Back then, the Navy had just over 500 ships. Since then the fleet has dropped to 275 ships. And the number of ships that are available to deploy in a combat ready status has dropped to embarrassing lows, putting into question its ability to perform its central missions without further straining material and crews. Shipboard maintenance has been backlogged and ships that should be out to sea are instead sitting pierside, making the 275-ship number much, much smaller in an operational sense. Which is why the Navy is screwed in the new defense budget. (jalopnik.com)

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The National Park Service will drain the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool after approximately 80 ducklings were found dead, including 53 in one day. The culprit is a parasite that grows in snails that live in the pool. Humans who come in contact with the parasite could develop cercarial dermatitis, better known as "swimmer's itch." It's not contagious and rarely requires medical treatment, but it's uncomfortable. Crews will refill the pool next Friday and things should be back to normal the following week. And no, this does not count as "draining the swamp."

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Trump Dump:

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc. And Slate analyzes How Trump wins Twitter.

Trump crashes New Jersey wedding reception. The White House has been largely silent about the President's weekend activities in Bedminster. Members of the traveling press corps, which did not have access to the club, learned of the wedding visit when images started to appear on social media. (CNN)

Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold. Theresa May told he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests.

Naomi Klein: 'Trump is an idiot, but don't underestimate how good he is at that'. (The Guardian)

Calling Comey a liar, Trump says he will testify under oath. The sort of reinforces the idea that Trump does not have recordings of his meeting with the fired FBI-director. Their meeting didn't take place in the Oval Office, and it's unlikely any other parts of the executive mansion are bugged. Of course, Trump could have recorded the meeting on his smartphone, but it's common knowledge the only app he has installed is Twitter. (New York Times)

Trump's lawyer in Russia probe has clients with Kremlin ties. (Washington Post)

The Senate Republican calling 'nonsense' on President Trump. Standing up for Democrats, Charles Grassley is challenging the administration's policy of ignoring most oversight demands from Congress. (The Atlantic)

Were James Comey's leaks lawful? Yes. The vast majority of anonymous leaks are fully legal, many serve the public interest, they follow in a tradition widely practiced by our nation's Founding Fathers, and they are recognized as fully protected speech by the U.S. Supreme Court. (Washington Post)

ABC, CBS, NBC pull big TV ratings from Comey testimony, while BBC leads Facebook Live numbers. According to the Washington Post, the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954, Watergate hearings in 1973, Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 and Clinton impeachment hearings in 1998 were the only previous Congressional hearings to be aired live on broadcast television. (FierceCable)

Preet Bharara says Trump tried to build relationship before firing him. Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, said the contacts with Mr. Trump made him increasingly uncomfortable because they broke with longstanding Justice Department rules on communicating with the White House. (New York Times)

The leak is coming from inside the White House!Kellyanne Conway is caught mocking Trump staffers including Reince Priebus at DC party- as someone sets up a Twitter account to live-tweet it. (Daily Mail)

Better get a fresh cup of coffee. Here's a comprehensive listing of Trump lies. (Toronto Star)

Old, but relevant... Trump lies 30 times in 170 page transcribed deposition. (Washington Post)

One Journal Square, the Jersey City skyscraper that White House adviser Jared Kushner's family marketed to wealthy Chinese investors as a way to get U.S. visas, will probably need more money: WNYC reports, "A $6.5 million annual tax credit attached to its erstwhile anchor tenant, WeWork, is about to be revoked." (Gothamist)

There's actually much more, but it's Monday morning, for heaven's sake...

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