Polio, dog biscuits, malignant narcissism, intelligence, exoplanet bonanza, sleeping into dementia
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Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 2:43 AM EST
Feb 23 2017

Today is Thursday, February 23, the 54th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 311 days remaining.

There are:
5 days until Mardi Gras;
6 days until Ash Wednesday;
17 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
22 days until St. Patrick's Day;
25 days until the arrival of Spring;
37 days until April Fools' Day;
45 days until Palm Sunday;
46 days until First Day of Passover;
50 days until Good Friday;
52 days until Easter Sunday;
53 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
54 days until Last Day of Passover;
58 days until Earth Day;
64 days until Arbor Day;
71 days until Cinco de Mayo;
80 days until Mother's Day;
95 days until Memorial Day;
631 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,427 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1954, a group of children from Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.

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Among other things, today is also National Dog Biscuit Day.

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Florida woman pours glue into ATMs after card repeatedly declined.

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Some persons born on February 23 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"There isn't any virtue where there has never been any temptation. Virtue is just temptation, overcome."
-Margaret Deland

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"Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president."

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Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots.

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For a generation of historians, liberalism and centrism were taken for granted. Now historians no longer know what to think about America.

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A "nearby" star with seven Earth-sized planets may be the best place to look for alien life. If we were in the 23rd century, it would take a starship using Star Trek's faster than light propulsion technology about three months to reach the Trappist-1 system at warp six.

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What's worse than ransomware that encrypts your Mac's hard drive? Ransomware that won't decrypt your drive even if you pay the ransom.

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Prolonged sleep may be an early warning sign of dementia. Using data from 2,457 people, average age 72, who were part of a study in Framingham, Mass., researchers found that those with a new habit of excessive slumber were at a greater risk. And in related news, there's concern the leading theory About Alzheimer's is wrong.

I need a nap. Have a good weekend, see you on Monday...

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Galileo, margaritas, grammar shaming, cat poop and mental health, a particle accelerator to the head, welcome to the sixth great mass extinction
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Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:10 AM EST
Feb 22 2017

Today is Wednesday, February 22, the 53rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 312 days remaining.

There are:
6 days until Mardi Gras;
7 days until Ash Wednesday;
17 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
23 days until St. Patrick's Day;
25 days until the arrival of Spring;
46 days until Palm Sunday;
47 days until First Day of Passover;
42 days until April Fools' Day;
51 days until Good Friday;
52 days until Easter Sunday;
54 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
55 days until Last Day of Passover;
59 days until Earth Day;
64 days until Arbor Day;
621 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,428 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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Galileo before the Holy Office, a 19th-century painting by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury.

On this day in 1632, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published, in which he championed the Copernican sun-centric solar system theory over the earth-centered Ptolemaic system. In 1633, Galileo was found to be "vehemently suspect of heresy" based on the book, which was then placed on the Index of Forbidden Books, from which it was not removed until 1835 (after the theories it discussed had been permitted in print in 1822). In an action that was not announced at the time, the publication of anything else he had written or ever might write was also banned in Catholic countries. In November, 1992, 359 years later, at a ceremony in Rome before the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope John Paul II officially declared that Galileo was right. The formal rehabilitation was based on the findings of a committee of the Academy the Pope set up in 1979, soon after taking office. The committee decided the Inquisition had acted in good faith, but was wrong.

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Among other things, today is also National Margarita Day.

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Florida man savagely grades ex-girlfriend's apology letter.

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Some persons born on February 22 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity."
-Edward M. Kennedy

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No, your cat isn't a threat to your mental health. At least parasites from its litter box aren't.

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West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin on Donald Trump... "I believe that Donald Trump in addition to everything else is a constitutional crisis waiting to happen..."

He also spoke out at the Writers' Guild awards.

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The example of Easter Island shows why humanity will be extinct within 100 years. Too many people, too few resources. Plus a bonus video about the sixth great mass extinction event, in which we all have front row seats.

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What Happens If You Stick Your Head in a Particle Accelerator? No, you don't become a Marvel superhero.

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Terrorists are building drones. France is destroying them with eagles. Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones — born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy.

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"It turns out that the year 2000 marks a grim historical milestone of sorts for our nation. For whatever reasons, the Great American Escalator, which had lifted successive generations of Americans to ever higher standards of living and levels of social well-being, broke down around then—and broke down very badly.

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Peace sign, National Sticky Bun Day, disappearing bees, reappearing wooly mammoths, curing death
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Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:58 AM EST
Feb 21 2017

Today is Tuesday, February 21, the 52nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 313 days remaining.

There are:
7 days until Mardi Gras;
8 days until Ash Wednesday;
18 days until Daylight Saving Time begins;
24 days until St. Patrick's Day;
26 days until the arrival of Spring;
47 days until Palm Sunday;
48 days until First Day of Passover;
43 days until April Fools' Day;
52 days until Good Friday;
53 days until Easter Sunday;
55 days until US Federal Income Tax filing day;
56 days until Last Day of Passover;
60 days until Earth Day;
65 days until Arbor Day;
622 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
1,429 days until the end of Donald Trump's term as President, assuming he isn't impeached.

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On this date in 1958, The CND symbol, aka peace symbol, commissioned by the Direct Action Committee in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom. The logo was not copyrighted and later became known in the wider world as a general-purpose peace symbol. The design was a combination of the letters "N" (two arms outstretched pointing down at 45 degrees) and "D" (one arm upraised above the head) of the flag semaphore alphabet, standing for nuclear disarmament.

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Among other things, today is also National Sticky Bun Day.

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Florida man to cops: Jumping out window 'worth a shot'.

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The KGB Quotations Database contains 46,726 quotations.

Some persons born on February 21 who said interesting things:

 

Quote of the day:

"If freedom means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
-~George Orwell

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Those massive floods in California are caused by atmospheric rivers, narrow corridors of concentrated moisture suspended in the atmosphere, which can hold up to 15 times more water than the amount that flows through the Mississippi River. While atmospheric rivers are naturally occurring phenomena, climate change is expected to intensify the severe precipitation events caused by atmospheric rivers in the future, because of increased evaporation rates and greater atmospheric water-holding capacity.

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The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands —from California's Central Valley to the Midwest's corn belt and the Mississippi River valley.

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Lab-made wooly mammoth embryos are only two years away.

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World’s first rideable hoverbike looks cool as hell but will probably kill you.

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'California is a nation, not a state': A fringe movement wants a break from the U.S. Bolstered by the election of President Trump, the group, Yes California, is collecting the 585,407 signatures necessary to place a secessionist question on the 2018 ballot. Its goal is to have California become its own country, separate and apart from the United States.

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Is death something to be "cured"? Radical longevity may change the way we live—and not necessarily for the better.

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Just make it stop
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Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 1:02 AM EST
Feb 16 2017

Although I was only eight years old, I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. I remember the worried looks of my teachers; my grandparents watching the evening news with rising concern. And I remember the palpable relief when it was over.

Then there was Watergate. The break-in took place in June, 1972. The Senate hearings started in May of 1973, and from that point on it was like being hooked on a badly-written soap opera starring people you didn't like. Relief didn't come until the following August, when Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment. It didn't really end until September, when President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, an act that probably cost him the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter. But by eliminating the possibility of criminal action against the disgraced President, and the media circus that would have surrounded it, Ford's action truly ended "our long national nightmare."

The situation with Trump is worse. You're afraid to turn on the news in the morning in the event he's tweeted us into a nuclear confrontation somewhere. And this whole Michael Flynn business would be funny if it didn't underscore the monumental stupidity of Trump and his minions. You're the National Security Advisor, and you didn't stop to think your intelligence agencies might be monitoring the phones of the Russians you're calling? There are recordings, transcripts. No wonder some agencies are withholding information from Trump. And while our attention is distracted by this flaming gasbag's antics, the Republicans in Congress have gone full-tilt bozo, passing laws defunding vital services, removing restrictions prohibiting the mentally ill from buying firearms, revoking environmental protections... I remember in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis my grandfather turning to my grandmother and soberly announcing, "This shit has to stop."

Indeed. I think it's a foregone conclusion that Trump is going to be benched at some point, either by impeachment or a masterly invocation of the 25th Amendment that Constitutional scholars will debate for decades.

Whatever. Just do it as quickly as you can. Mike Pence is ideologically scarier the Trump, but at least shares the same reality as most of the world.

Seth Meyers sums up yesterday's chaos:

Monday's Predident's Day, so we'll see you next Tuesday.


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The Illuminati Intervention Theory
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Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 4:54 AM EST
Feb 15 2017

According to Wikipedia: "Fake it 'til you make it" (also called "act as if") is a common catchphrase. The purpose is to avoid getting caught in a self-fulfilling prophecy related to one's fear of not being confident.

It's ok to employ this strategy if you're selling cars or life insurance. You can't get away with it, though, when your lack of knowledge can start a war, negatively affect global financial markets, or becomes blatantly obvious to even the casual observer.

This is the current state of the Trump administration. What's disturbing is that it appears Trump hasn't caught on that we've caught on to him. Given his assortment of character and personality defects, it's unlikely he ever will, or at least admit it.

Some of my conspiracy-minded friends have told me not to worry. According to them, the Illuminati were alarmed by Trump's election, the dystopian "Being There" nature of his performance in office so far, and will take him down before he can damage the Republic beyond repair. The quick demise of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is just the opening move in a series of complex maneuvers that will "have Trump and his brainless minions" out of office before the end of the year, sooner if they do anything incredibly stupid.

This is the only time I have ever wished that a crackpot theory was true. It's oddly comforting to imagine a collection of robed figures seated at a boardroom table, intently watching CNN.

The screen fades to black. The figure spins in his chair to face the others.

"I believe it is time to activate The Bigly Initiative. Are there any objections?"

Silence.

The figure slides a panel on the table, and a metal box pops into view. A key is inserted, turned. The lighting in the room shifts to red, and multiple flat screen displays around the chamber flicker into life.

The screens flash a montage of imagies- copies of test scores, tax returns, grainy videos...

Trump Dump initiated... New York Times (delivered); Washington Post (delivered); CNN (delivered)...

Sigh. If only.

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Couldn't get a standard format Report out today. We'll give it a shot again tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy this:


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