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Published Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 9:24 PM EDT
Oct 15 2017

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

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

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

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Note: the web and mail versions of KGB Report will not be published next week. My family's unreasonable demands to eat on a daily basis have forced me to seek additional employment. We will return, however, on Monday, October 16. In the meantime, you can check our ongoing posts on the KGB Report Facebook page.

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

This is the 258th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 64 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $71,723,684. There are 1,203 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on October 5 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is National Apple Betty Day.

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Police say nude, drunk Florida man fired weapons.

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 257th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 64 days at golf courses. There are 1,203 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on October 4 from On This Day.

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Five things you need to know about the flu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 256th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,204 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on October 3 from On This Day

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

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

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Quote of the day:

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests."
-Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 - July 31, 2012)
(More Gore Vidal quotes)

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On this date in 1955, Captain Kangaroo premiered on CBS. The show was conceived and the title character was played by Bob Keeshan, who based the show on "the warm relationship between grandparents and children". Keeshan had portrayed the original Clarabell the Clown on The Howdy Doody Show when it aired on NBC. Captain Kangaroo had a loose structure, built around life in the "Treasure House" (later known as "The Captain's Place") where the Captain (the name "kangaroo" came from the big pockets in his coat) would tell stories, meet guests, and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. Keeshan performed as the Captain more than 9000 times over the nearly 30-year run of the show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 255th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,205 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on October 2 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Fried Scallops Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wow. Their Habitrails must be immense.

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

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

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

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

This is the 251st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,209 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 28 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is Strawberry Cream Pie Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 250th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,210 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 27 from On This Day

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Earth shines in flyby photo snapped by NASA asteroid probe.

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Texas woman dies of flesh-eating bacteria after Harvey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 249th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,211 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 26 from On This Day

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

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Florida man robs bank, makes stop at KFC.

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel stayed focused on health care:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 248th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,212 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 25 from On This Day

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Among other things, today is One Hit Wonder Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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Seth Meyers sums up last week in his Friday monologue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fish have complex personalities. For fish.

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

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Pigs at Maryland county fair test positive for swine flu.

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 243rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,217 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 20 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National String Cheese Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 241st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,221 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 18 from  On This Day

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 237th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,225 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 14 from  On This Day

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the 236th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,226 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 13 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Peanut Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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Just the important stuff from yesterday's Apple extravaganza.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Monkees, chocolate milkshake day, shooting at Irma, urban raccoons getting smarter, humans not so much
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Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 6:39 AM EDT
Sep 12 2017

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Today is Tuesday, September 12, the 255th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 110 days remaining.

This is the 235th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,227 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 12 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It's my birthday and I'll sigh if I want to...
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Published Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 5:36 AM EDT
Sep 11 2017

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Today is Monday, September 11, the 254th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 111 days remaining.

This is the 234th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,228 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on September 11 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is also my birthday. When I became a teenager in 1967, I thought I would be someplace other than where I am fifty years later. Then again, there are no moon bases or personal jet packs yet, either. So maybe I still have time...

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Given all that's going on with Irma, we'll give "Florida Man" a break today.

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Quote of the day:

"If Shaw and Einstein couldn't beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none."
-Mel Brooks

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(Originally published September 10, 2010)


Earle V. Wittpenn

Earle Wittpenn died last year on my birthday. I've tried to write about him a dozen times since then.

I've failed miserably.

The problem is that I can't talk about Earle without talking about myself. What should be a tribute to the man who rescued me from potential oblivion and gave my life drive and direction, ends up sounding like self-aggrandizing drivel.

I had graduated from high school at 16 as class salutatorian and was scheduled to enter Duquesne University's journalism school in the fall. It was an exciting time. I had something most of my contemporaries appeared to lack- an actual career goal- and a clear path to achieve it.

It was not to be.

My parents' personal demons made another of their cyclical visits. I found myself with no way to pay for college and no job prospects. My paternal grandparents, who always took me in when my mother and father found themselves incapable or unwilling to shoulder their parental responsibilities, again provided shelter and encouragement.

The mother of my high school english teacher, Mrs. H., was incensed when she heard a family member of mine say "He'll never amount to anything without college." She coerced one of her relatives to give me a job as a veterinary assistant.

On the day of what should have been my first semester in journalism school, I was restraining dogs and cats and checking stool speciments for worm eggs. I actually enjoyed the work and learned a great deal. It kept me busy, provided a minimum wage income, and, as Mrs. H. noted, "it'll keep you floating until your ship comes by again."

During one of our conversations, Mrs. H. said she had seen a classified ad in the Daily Messenger for a reporter/photographer. I dismissed it out of hand. "I'm not qualified for that," I told her. "You should apply anyway," she said. "They'll probably say no. They might say yes. It's worth asking."

My interview was with Ralph, the city editor, and I could tell he was less than impressed by my meager resume. My journalism background consisted of being editor of the high school newspaper and having three articles published in Model Rocketry magazine.

I'd also written a weekly high school news column for the Messenger during my senior year, for which I received ten cents per column inch and $2 per photo. I showed the check stubs to Ralph. "Technically, I've already written for the Messenger," I said, "so I do have daily newspaper experience."

I swear I heard crickets in the ten seconds of silence that followed.

Ralph was exceedingly friendly, thanked me for coming, and promised he'd get back to me. Even at 17, I was perceptive enough to know that my immediate future would still involve furry mammals and centrifuged feces.

On the way down the Messenger's seemingly endless flight of steps I bumped into the paper's editor, Earle Wittpenn. "Mr. Barkes!" he said, "How the hell are you? How's Duquesne?" I was stunned he remembered my name, let alone my college choice.

Earle had taken me to lunch at the H&H Restaurant on Eighth Avenue in Homestead shortly before my graduation. He thanked me for writing the high school news column. He said he was impressed that I was the only high school contributor who had never missed a deadline, and that I had always submitted at least two usable photos every week.

He was also amused that I managed to include the high school honor roll in my column, which was submitted two days before the paper received the official list from the district. "How'd you manage that?" he asked. "I have contacts," I replied, in my best pre-Woodward and Bernstein conspiratorial tone.

He laughed, and said he didn't mind paying me ten cents an inch for a list of names he could get for free a few days later. "We scooped The Daily News", he chuckled. "That's worth two bucks."

As Earle paid the check, I boldly asked if there were any part-time openings at the paper. He put his hand on my shoulder, shook my hand, and told me that at 16, I was a bit too young. "See me in a year," he said.

Anyway, I told Earle about my situation and that I had just put in my application with Ralph. "How old are you?" Earle asked. "Seventeen," I replied, somewhat timidly.

"Well, I started when I was 17 and it worked out ok," he laughed. "Give Ralph a call and let him know when you can come in."

The rest, as they say, is history.

One very important lesson Earle taught me was recognizing one's limitations. "There's always someone better than you," he said. "Someone who comes up with the right words for a situation. If you can't do better yourself, then use what that person wrote, but be sure to give them the credit."

At the memorial service, Earle's nephew, Matt Phillips, ended his transcendent eulogy with the lyrics from "For Good", a song written by Stephen Schwartz for the musical Wicked. His words are far better than any I could cobble together:

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you.

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend.

As usual, Earle was right.

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Technical difficulties
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Published Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 2:46 PM EDT
Sep 06 2017

Ack. More software problems.

We'll be off the air for the rest of this week, but you can stay up to date on our Facebook page.

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A day early...
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Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 5:30 AM EDT
Aug 31 2017

No web Report today. Things Happened.

Lots of stuff over on social media, though... visit KGB Report on Facebook, and we'll see you back here on Wednesday (Monday is Labor Day, Tuesday is a system maintenance day).


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Toasted marshmallow day, world to end around 9/22, sick turtles, the miracle of the Tater Tot
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Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 12:16 AM EDT
Aug 30 2017

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Today is Wednesday, August 30, the 242nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 123 days remaining.

This is the 223rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,239 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 30 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is also National Toasted Marshmallow Day.

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Florida man arrested for 26th time since 2010.

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Quote of the day:

"I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner or later, one will."
-Warren Buffet (b. August 30, 1930)
More Warren Buffet quotes

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Christian numerologist David Meade has again warned that the mysterious planet "Nibiru" will smash into Earth between September 20 and 23.

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CDC blames turtles for salmonella outbreak in 13 states.

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The FDA says ecstasy is a ‘breakthrough’ drug for PTSD patients.

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Grizzly bears are turning vegetarian thanks to climate change.

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North Korea's missile shot over Japan calls Trump's bluff.

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The miracle that is the Tater Tot.

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Americans have stopped buying red delicious apples. The Chinese are just getting started.

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Late-night snacking increases your risk of sunburn.

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Sky stopped broadcasting Fox News in Britain because barely anyone watched it. "We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the UK."

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Moving away from the coasts doesn't mean you’re safe from flooding. Do what I do. Live on a hill.

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Fact-based browsing: what if the internet could not tell a lie?

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Trump's business dealings come back to haunt him. A failed attempt to start a development in Moscow- which the president has denied- shows the dangers of intertwining business and politics so closely.

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Why people still support Trump.

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Chop Suey, Pretty Woman, Harvey continues, floating fire ants
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Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 3:17 AM EDT
Aug 29 2017

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Today is Tuesday, August 29, the 241st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 124 days remaining.

This is the 222nd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,240 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 29 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is also Chop Suey Day.

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Florida man builds tiny bedroom for his dog under the stairs.

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On this date in 1964, Roy Orbison's single "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released. The song was Orbison's second #1 hit in the U.S and his third in the U.K.

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Quote of the day:

"What worries you, masters you."
-John Locke (August 29, 1632 – October 28, 1704)
More John Locke quotes

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All of the late night talk shows are on vacation (except The Daily Show). It's going to be a long, dismal week.

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A great explainer: Why Hurricane Harvey is so extreme.

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President Trump said Monday that he would seek billions of dollars in assistance to rebuild Texas and Louisiana from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey but renewed his threat to shut down the government if Congress won’t agree to begin building a wall on the Mexican border. How's that supposed to work?

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Google accidentally broke the internet throughout Japan last week. Hey, stuff happens.

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'We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.' Former vice president Joe Biden calls on Americans to do what President Trump has not.

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"Parts of Houston in the floodway, parts of New Orleans submerged during Katrina, parts of Florida- these places never should have been developed in the first place," Houston's flood is a design problem.

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What could be worse than biblical flooding? Floating fire ant colonies.

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Harvey devastation, national bow tie day, march on Washington, Trump speaks for himself
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Published Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 1:50 AM EDT
Aug 28 2017

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Today is Monday, August 28, the 240th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 125 days remaining.

This is the 221st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,241 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 28 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is also National Bow Tie Day.

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Florida man revives fish, but still on hook for arrest.

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On this date in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Quote of the day:

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832)
More Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes

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What a difference 54 years can make... or not. Racism is still with us, and it remains within our institutions, as the courts and executive branch continue to chip away at voters rights and anti-discrimination laws. I remember what I felt as a nine year old watching King's speech, and contrast it to how I feel with the current administration and, frankly, it's demoralizing. It's not supposed to work like this. We acknowledge a problem, solve it, and move on. This past month feels like the country's been shoved into a time machine, and even with knowledge of the future, the path clearly marked for us, we're making the wrong decisions. All we can do is keep out heads down and keep pushing forward...

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Hurricane Harvey's continues to batter Texas with destruction on a biblical scale. The nation's fourth largest city is now more or less an extension of the Gulf of Mexico, and forecasts indicate another two or more feet of rain in the next three days. It will take years and cost billions to recover. Why tropical storm harvey is showing Texas no mercy.

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Trump plugs extremist book, promotes himself, and lies about the wall- while Houston drowns.

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Tillerson: Trump "speaks for himself" when it comes to American values. One would hope the President's values were the same as the country's.

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There's evil in the world that's unrepentant, and I've experienced it firsthand. Arpaio being pardoned is a nightmare come true.

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Two schools in Mississippi- and a lesson in race and inequality in America.

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Alaska’s permafrost is thawing. The loss of frozen ground in Arctic regions is a striking result of climate change. And it is also a cause of more warming to come.

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Tax the Rich and the Robots? California's Thinking About It.

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Can Opener Day, ghostnapping, encrypt your DNA
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Published Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 6:46 PM EDT
Aug 24 2017

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Today is Thursday, August 24, the 236th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 129 days remaining.

This is the 217th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,245 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 24 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is also Can Opener Day.

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Smell of Florida boy's backpack leads to grow house, police say.

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Theodore Parker (August 24, 1810 - May 10, 1860) was an American Transcendentalist and reforming minister of the Unitarian church. A reformer and abolitionist, his words and quotations which he popularized would later inspire speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King,

Quote of the day:

"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe. The arc is a long one. My eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by experience of sight. I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice."
-Theodore Parker
More Theodore Parker quotes

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Several reasons we're late and light today, including an internet outage. Xfinity: it may have been on your calendar- it isn't "scheduled" unless it's on mine. The next web edition of KGB Report will be published on Monday... but we're 24/7 on KGB Report's Facebook page.

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Google's US search results will let people check if they're depressed.

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British pub claims its ghost was stolen, demands Chinese artist return it. Lu Pingyuan said the ghost agreed to be captured for an art exhibition.

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To protect genetic privacy, encrypt your DNA.

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Sponge Cake Day, transactional marriages, classic eclipse essay, Trump-free zone
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Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 5:19 AM EDT
Aug 23 2017

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Today is Wednesday, August 23, the 235th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 130 days remaining.

This is the 216th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,246 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 23 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is also National Sponge Cake Day.

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Florida man steals truck, busted watching eclipse through welder's mask.

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Quote of the day:

"I only know that all is lost, and that nothing can help me unless I inherit money, strike oil or go to work."
-Will Cuppy
More Will Cuppy quotes

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Bonus quote of the day:

"Experts are saying that President Trump is already preparing for the 2020 election. Now some people think that's overly optimistic, but others say, no, he'll probably be paroled by then."
-Conan O'Brien

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I have no words to adequately explain my mental and emotional state following Trump's speech in Phoenix last night. In the documentaries they will make about this demented time in our history, it will be described as the analog to Hitler's "Triumph of the Will" performance.

I'm completely Trumped out. No more Trump today. If you must have your comprehensive daily Trump Dump, you can get it all at the KGB Report Facebook page. There several dozen items out there. The blog and email are published just once daily, with very few exceptions. The KGB Report timeline on Facebook is constantly updated. The blog and newsletter are distributed Monday through Thursday, but our Facebook venue is 24/7. so to speak.

Okay, ready? You are are now entering the Trump-Free Zone:

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America, home of the transactional marriage. The country’s exceptionally thin safety net prompts residents—especially those with less-steady employment—to view partnership in more economic terms.

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Annie Dillard's classic essay: 'Total Eclipse' “Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him.”

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How to get free Kindle books with your library card.

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Shine on, fishy friends. Scientists are discovering that bioluminescence is so common in the oceans that it is one of Earth’s dominant traits.

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"If someone is already pre-disposed to disbelieve scientific conclusions around issues like human evolution, climate change, stem cell research or the Big Bang theory because of their religious or political views, learning more about the subject actually increases their disbelief, a new study finds." Click for more.

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The BBC explains why it's not surprising ship collisions still happen.

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Democrats’ New Health-Care Plan: Medicaid for All (Who Want It).

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Internet Rule #1: Never read the comments. Mapping the most and least troll-ridden places in the U.S.

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Google’s newest Android operating system gets its official name: Oreo. Google did not pay the famous cookie's maker, Mondelēz, any money to use the name, said spokeswoman Valerie Mondéens, who in an email called it a “pure co-branding partnership.”

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Self-Driving Cars. Rogue Nuke Launches. Evil AI. What tech threats you should (and shouldn't) worry about?

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Why did Verizon kill the Unlimited plan that everyone loved?

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Eclipse, National Tooth Fairy Day, Dorothy Parker, Goldwater Rule- it's more of a guideline
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Published Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 3:00 AM EDT
Aug 22 2017

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Today is Tuesday, August 22, the 234th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 131 days remaining.

This is the 215th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,247 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 22 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is also National Tooth Fairy Day. Wikipedia's article on the tooth fairy describes the nebulous interpretations of the childhood myth.

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This is the day in Pittsburgh, PA with the lowest average wind speed (6 mph).

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Florida Florida woman drunkenly bites man's fishing line, swims away with lure, police say.

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Quote of the day:

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
-Dorothy Parker

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The eclipse was a nothingburger of sorts here in the south Pittsburgh suburbs. Bands of clouds and rain moved through about an hour before totality (only 80% of the sun was obscured here) and, quite frankly, you have to get above 90% to notice anything. Pittsburgh's a fairly cloudy city, and light levels change all the time. Had I been outdoors and not known about the eclipse in advance, I wouldn't even have noticed it. The Yellowstone Supervolcano did not erupt, the nation's electrical power grid did not melt down, and no large, carniverous extra-terrestrial plants landed anywhere.

Folks on social media supplied lots of eclipse-related observations:

The sun never went out when Obama was President is all I'm saying.
-@owillis

Why is it when the sun blacks out on a Monday afternoon it's an "amazing natural phenomenon" but when I do it it's a "problem"?
-@JennnQuinn

Everything's better now, right? The Dark Overlords of the Universe came down on the eclipse, grabbed Trump, and exiled him to the Nexus of Sominus, right?
-KGB (I love obscure Howard the Duck references.)

"Happening now, breaking news, God has forsaken us to a dark, icy death."
-Wolf Blitzer at 1:00 pm, probably. Actually,
-@pourmecoffee

After the eclipse, we're going to be in the parallel universe we're SUPPOSED to be in, and not our current dystopian hellscape, right?
-Jim Ellwanger

Now, back to the shit show.
-God (@thetweetofgod)

One TV outlet put its eclipse coverage cameras in the middle of a farm that raises fainting goats to see if the unexpected darkness would trigger their neuropathy. Alas, it didn't.

Shepard Smith at Fox News either really did not want to anchor the network's eclipse coverage, forgot to take his meds, or both...

Which brings us to the BIG eclipse story: President Trump taking off his protective eyewear and STARING DIRECTLY AT THE SUN. There was only one rule for watching the eclipse- don't look at it without protective glasses- and Trump violated it because of course he did. He's Trump. The rules don't apply to him.

The general consensus among rational humans is you'd have to be crazy to do something like that, which is a perfect segue into a story that came out last month that I somehow missed...

The American Psychoanalytic Association sent an email to its 3,500 members telling them they were free to ignore the "Goldwater Rule", the informal name given to Section 7 in the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Principles of Medical Ethics, which states it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person, and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements.

It is named after presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. In 1964, Fact magazine published an article claiming 1,189 psychiatrists said Goldwater was psychologically unfit to be President. The editor, Ralph Ginzburg, was sued for libel in Goldwater v. Ginzburg where Goldwater won $75,000 (approximately $579,000 today) in damages.

It should be noted that the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association are different organizations. The American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater Rule" is an ethical stance applicable only to members of that organization, and is still in effect. It was never applicable to members of the different American Psychoanalytic Association anyway.

The Goldwater Rule isn't a law, it's an ethical guideline. You won't go to jail, but you may open yourself to a libel suit by Trump, although I can't picture any jury ruling in his favor.

And it hasn't prevented mental health professionals from questioning Trump's fitness to serve. A petition on Change.org calling Trump mentally ill and asking for his removal from office has over 50,000 signatures.

At a political rally I attended last week, one of the speakers- a mental health counselor- also claimed the Commander in Chief is non compos mentis, and urged we contact our Congressman, Tim Murphy- who is a psychiatrist- and urge him to get the cabinet and the Vice President to initiate 25th Amendment proceedings against Trump.

A former shrink of mine liked to note there is a thin line between crazy and stupid. Whatever. Let's not argue semantics. Either condition disqualifies Trump from continuing. Everyone knows Trump has more behavior disorders and neuroses than he has ex-wives and bankruptcies, and you don't need a medical degree to make that determination. Stick "Trump mentally ill" into Google, and you'll get 27,100,000 hits. Rather than waiting for the special counsel's investigation to yield information upon which the House could impeach, invoke the 25th Amendment, which provides a mechanism for dealing with Presidential disability. That's a really messy and uncertain path to tread as well, one that will probably end up in the Supreme Court. But the republic can't survive another 1,247 days of this incessant lunacy.

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In case you're worried, how to tell if watching the eclipse damaged your eyes.

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'Well played, Moon.' Netflix admits defeat after losing viewers during the solar eclipse.

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$417 million awarded in suit tying Johnson's Baby Powder to cancer. It will, of course, be appealed.

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British Airways forces man to sit in wet urine-soaked seat for 11 hours. Worse, it wasn't even his urine. And they were out of trail mix.

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The President delivered his address on Afghanistan, which was long on sturm und drang but light on details. It was similar in tone to his campaign performances, but he stayed on the teleprompter and as of this writing has posted no outrageous tweets, so Guam is safe for another day and the Nazis are still Not Nice People. Read Ali Vitali's story.

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Eclipse, National Spumoni Day, Jerry departs, Trump won't leave, another asteroid miss
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Published Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 4:15 AM EDT
Aug 21 2017


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Today is Monday, August 21, the 233rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 132 days remaining.

This is the 214th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,248 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 21 from On This Day.

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Among other things, today is also National Spumoni Day. Spumoni is a molded Italian ice cream made with layers of different colors and flavors, usually containing candied fruits and nuts.

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Florida man told McDonald's ice cream machine broken, pulls out weapon.

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Quote of the day:

"I've had great success being a total idiot."
-Jerry Lewis

I remember watching Jerry Lewis movies over the summer at the Leona Theater in Homestead. Thirty-five cents for a kid to get in, and all the air conditioning you could handle. I think I must have seen The Delicate Delinquent and The Family Jewels about 20 times. Thanks, Jerry. You made those stinking hot summers bearable.

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(NASA)

One aspect of all the eclipse coverage is the warning being given by some media outlets that you should keep your pets inside so they don't get blinded by staring at the sun.

Is this really a problem?

You'd think that were this really a thing, there'd be reports after every event of blind animals stumbling around, birds crashing into buildings, etc.

It would appear that in the entire animal kingdom, only the family hominidae (great apes) stare at the sun during eclipses. There are reports of chimpanzees in the wild becoming excited, climbing trees and pointing at the heavens, but some claim their behavior was influenced by their hairless ape cousins who were witnessing the event nearby.

This will be the third partial eclipse I've witnessed in my lifetime. I stole quick glances at the sun- maybe a second or two- with no ill effects. I think the 1994 eclipse was more "dangerous" than this one, because it reached over 90% totality, making it appear safer since more of the son was obscured. This guy says a 1963 eclipse blinded him is 20 seconds.

Aside from horrendous traffic jams, price gouging and the other unpleasantries of putting a lot of humans in a relatively restricted space, I think the big problem today may be technological. What will happen to the cellular phone networks when 60-some million people try to live stream simultaneously?

The increasingly widespread use of solar panels means the eclipse will take thousands of megawatts of electrical power out of the grid as its traverses the country. Think of it as an astronomical rolling blackout. There is some concern that if too many solar power users suddenly switch back to utility-supplied juice, the grid could collapse like a stack of dominoes.

Whatever. I'm more worried Trump will become jealous of all the media attention directed at the eclipse, and, as is wont, do something disastrous of his own.

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Speaking of things celestial, Asteroid Florence, at a distance of about 4.35 million miles, will safely pass Earth on September 1. Good thing, too. The rock is about 2.7 miles in diameter. The one that wiped out the dinosaurs was about six miles wide. It won't pass by us again until the year 2500, at which time Terra just might be a warm, water-covered planet.

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Trump will speak to the nation at 9 pm EDT to address the situations in Afghanistan and South Asia. Better stop at the liquor store or pharmacy on your way home from work this evening and stock up.

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Ten sailors missing after U.S. destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore. I'm no fan of conspiracy theories, but coming so soon after the business with the Fitzgerald...

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National parks put a ban on bottled water to ease pollution. Trump just sided with the lobby that fought it. The Trump administration has ended a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks that was aimed at easing plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled.

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Elon Musk backs call for global ban on killer robots. You wouldn't think it would necessary to recommend this, but given the events of the past week...

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Conservatives in the British government are trying to sabotage their nation's health care system too, claims Stephen Hawking.

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Android co-founder Andy Rubin has a plan to cure our smartphone addiction. Of course, it involves more technology and trust in artificial intelligence.

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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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