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

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

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

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What happened on September 20 from  On This Day

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Among other things, today is National String Cheese Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What happened on September 18 from  On This Day

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What happened on September 14 from  On This Day

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

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

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Quote of the day:

"We cannot abdicate our conscience to an organization, nor to a government. 'Am I my brother's keeper?' Most certainly I am! I cannot escape my responsibility by saying the State will do all that is necessary."
-Albert Schweitzer
(More Albert Schweitzer quotes)

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

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

This is the 209th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,253 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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What happened on August 16 from On This Day.

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Trump meltdown for the ages.

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

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Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits higher.

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

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

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

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

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What happened on August 15 from On This Day.

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

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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Charlottesville, Virginia: see our Facebook page.

Nasty 60s flashback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What happened on August 14 from On This Day.

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

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Florida woman arrested after pelting brother with chicken nuggets.

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Quote of the day:

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

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Charlottesville, Virginia: see our Facebook page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A history of solar eclipses and bizarre responses to them.

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

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

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What happened on August 10 from On This Day.

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

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Florida man drives burning car, then shoots it.

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

See you on Monday.

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

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

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

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

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Solar jobs growing 17 times faster than US economy.

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

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The history of the napkin.

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Mozilla launches new effort to counter fake news.

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

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How to avoid getting sick on a cruise ship.

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

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

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

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

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What happened on August 8 from On This Day.

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

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Among other things, today is also National Zucchini Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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Have smartphones destroyed a generation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What happened on August 7 from On This Day.

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

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

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Missing Florida woman found after she bottled her scent.

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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What happened on July 19 from On This Day.

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

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

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Florida man calls 911 to report his cocaine stolen.

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Quote of the day:

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

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Big stories:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Dump:

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

(As of midnight...)

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

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

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

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Cernettes, caviar, BCA DOA, earth moves, why Canada is better, huge Trump dump
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Jul 18 2017

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

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What happened on July 18 from On This Day.

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

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Among other things, today is also National Caviar Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Dump:

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

(As of midnight...)

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

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

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

Tropical storm Don formed and everyone erupted with Trump jokes.

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

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

41% of Americans want Trump impeached: poll.

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

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