Star Wars debut, Geek Pride Day, Trump math, magic mushrooms, real ESP, Apollo auctions, Young Sheldon
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Published Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 25 2017

Today is Thursday, May 25, the 145th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 220 days remaining. Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 126 days. There are 1,337 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1977, Star Wars opened in limited release on only 43 screens in the United States. By July 15, it was on 757 screens. See The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 story, 'Star Wars' flashback: When no theater wanted to show the movie in 1977

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Among other things, today is also Geek Pride Day.

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Florida Man: NOT GUILTY: Florida man who blamed big penis for girlfriend's death acquitted. "Unlike Patterson, the jury wasn't hung." No photos, either.

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Quote of the day:

"As soon as there is life there is danger."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The math errors in Trump's proposed budget are so ludicrous they would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course. It could also explain how he could go bankrupt running a casino.

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The new CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Discovery" is being attacked on Twitter for having too much diversity, and not enough white people in its cast. Personally, I've alway felt there were too many Terrans.

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The top 50 shows of the 2016-17 season proves I'm not in television's target demographic any more. And that I have somewhat odd tastes. See if one of your favorite shows is among those that have been canceled. Also, The new Game of Thrones trailer is here, and everyone is doomed.

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Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff. Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases- even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

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Warby Parker's new app checks your vision and writes prescriptions without a trip to the doctor. With a lot of caveats...

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Snopes tackles the Ancestry.com owns your DNA story.

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Demolition company tears down wrong house, employee blames Google Maps.

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Black man found not guilty of crime, still sentenced to six years in prison. In Georgia. Of course.

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Magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug, study says. Of course, the active ingredient in the fungus- psilocybin- is illegal in the United States.

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"The Day the Dinosaurs Died"... The Chicxulub asteroid impact equivalent to 10 billion Hiroshima bombs hit worst possible place on Earth.

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On July 20, Sotheby's will auction a bag containing traces of moon dust, which a Chicago-area woman picked up for $995 and which is expected to sell for as much as $4 million. How did NASA screw this up? Therein lies a tale...

Or, you could buy an actual Apollo Guidance Computer for under $100K.

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IRS nixes student loan payoff charity. Among the reasons... the organization is not operated exclusively for charitable or educational purposes; rather... for the private benefit of individuals.

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Will an asteroid collide with Earth this year? NASA reveals the FIVE space rocks that will come 'close' to Earth through next year. Those of you who backed Giant Asteroid over Clinton or Trump may get your wish...

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Reality Check: What does, and doesn't, protect your smartphone. Choose wisely.

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How to make toast using Microsoft OneNote. Forget about printing out a PDF to note, though. That's still broken.

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'Young Sheldon': 'Big Bang Theory' spinoff trailer tops 22 million views, CBS says.

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T-Mobile announces spectacular attempt to steal Verizon customers by paying off their Pixel bills.

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"It was both methodologically sound and logically insane." Daryl Bem proved ESP is real. Which means science is broken.

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There will be no FCC fine for Stephen Colbert's risque joke about President Donald Trump. WaPo Analysis: Dirty words: From Lenny Bruce and George Carlin to Stephen Colbert.

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Juust hours before workers removed a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee- the fourth Confederate monument to be dismantled in New Orleans in recent weeks- Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a remarkable special address at historic Gallier Hall. Here's the transcript.

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This isn't serious accounting, it's cooking the books to achieve an unattainable goal: huge tax cuts and a balanced budget.

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Format change: After reviewing survey results and performing a cost/benefit analysis, I've adjusted the content of KGB Report to include more news and comment and reduce specialized and "reference" content available elsewhere. Comments welcome- tweaking is ongoing. That's it for this week... have a great three-day weekend, see you Tuesday.

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May 24
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Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 1:36 AM EDT
May 24 2017

Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 221 days remaining.

There are:
3 days until the start of Ramadan;
5 days until Memorial Day;
11 days until Pentecost;
22 days until Flag Day;
29 days until the Summer Solstice;
32 days until the end of Ramadan;
32 days until Father's Day;
41 days until Independence Day (July 4);
103 days until Labor Day;
531 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 125 days. There are 1,338 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

The full report will return tomorrow.


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Java, World Turtle Day, Orville, safety net cuts, terrorism, sand and bicarb shortages, lots of other stuff...
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Published Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 23 2017

Today is Tuesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 222 days remaining.

There are:
4 days until the start of Ramadan;
6 days until Memorial Day;
12 days until Pentecost;
23 days until Flag Day;
30 days until the Summer Solstice;
34 days until the end of Ramadan;
33 days until Father's Day;
42 days until Independence Day (July 4);
104 days until Labor Day;
532 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 124 days. There are 1,339 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1995 the first version of the Java programming language was released.

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Among other things today is also World Turtle Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida Man: Tampa mayor joked about watching reporters 'cry like little girls' as he pointed machine gun at them.

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Quote of the day:

"How to defeat terrorism? Don't be terrorized. Don't let fear rule your life. Even if you are scared."
-Salman Rushdie

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The Orville is an upcoming comedy-drama science fiction television series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane that is set to air Thursdays at 9:00 on Fox during the 2017–18 season.

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President Trump's budget proposes deep cuts to programs for the poor, lowers taxes sharply and assumes improbable economic growth. Explosion, panic and death at Ariana Grande concert in England You know. The usual.

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Jury selection in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case began here in Pittsburgh on Monday, even though the trial will be on the other side of the state, near Philadelphia in Montgomery County. That's in order to find jurors untainted by publicity. Sure. None of us in Allegheny County know anything about this international scandal.

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Real fake news: The Onion leaks a trove of Trump documents.

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The world is running out of sand. China's swift development has consumed more sand in the previous four years than the United States used in the past century. Chinese officials have said that by 2030 they hope to have completed a hundred and sixty-five thousand miles of roads- a national network nearly three and a half times as long as the American interstate system.

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Michael Moore, Harvey Weinstein reteam for Trump documentary "Fahrenheit 11/9". "No matter what you throw at him, it hasn't worked," says Moore. "No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting. That all ends with this movie."

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Billy Bush is ready to get back into television. Television not exactly jumping at the offer.

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Three cast members announce they won't return to Saturday Night Live next year. Relax. Kate McKinnon isn't one of them.

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"I want all the people who betrayed my father to know that I'm coming after them," Zachary Ailes said during a speech at the ceremony, "and hell is coming with me." Roger Ailes' son's vengeful eulogy for his father.

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When 'special reports' aren't all that 'special'.

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Megyn Kelly's new NBC news magazine show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, will premiere June 4 at 7 p.m. Meh. I'll stick with 60 Minutes.

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The mystery of the wasting house-cats... Forty years ago, feline hyperthyroidism was virtually nonexistent. Now it's an epidemic= and some scientists think a class of everyday chemicals might be to blame.

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'When President Trump laid hands on the glowing Saudi mystery orb, he pledged allegiance to "Its Luminescence," summoned the forces of Sauron to take over Middle-earth and created an "army of Moderate Muslims to fight terror."' Behold: Donald Trump and the mysterious glowing orb.

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The commerce secretary praises the lack of protest in a country where it's punishable by death.

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Five people hospitalized after eating gas station nacho cheese. Rule of thumb: be wary of any food that is preceded by the words "gas station."

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Nearly 40 years after Mount St. Helens' deadly eruption, it's 'recharging'

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Billboard Music Awards slip in key demo from last year. Could have something to do with a 71-year-old Cher in fishnet stockings.

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Hospitals around the US are scrambling to stockpile pharmaceutical grade sodium bicarbonate solution due to critical shortages. The injectable quality baking soda will be in short supply for the next 1-3 months, and hospitals are postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments because the country's only two suppliers have run out.

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Great Society, World Goth Day, 20 tattoos and a hot pink bra, Johnson/Hanks 2020
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Published Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
May 22 2017

Today is Monday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 223 days remaining.

There are:
5 days until the start of Ramadan;
7 days until Memorial Day;
13 days until Pentecost;
24 days until Flag Day;
31 days until the Summer Solstice;
35 days until the end of Ramadan;
34 days until Father's Day;
43 days until Independence Day (July 4);
105 days until Labor Day;
533 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 123 days. There are 1,340 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched his "Great Society" initiative, a set of domestic programs with the main goal being the elimination of poverty and racial injustice. President Johnson first used the term "Great Society" during a speech at Ohio University, then unveiled the program in greater detail at an appearance at University of Michigan on May 22, 1964.

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Among other things today is also World Goth Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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Florida man with 20 tattoos wearing hot pink bra arrested. He allegedly smelled of alcohol, was driving a car with plates registered to a different car and his license was restricted.

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The quotations database is being migrated and enhanced. Stay tuned.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks in 2020?

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Five reasons we shouldn't be afraid of extra-terrestrials.

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It's humbling to care for an animal that reminds you, each day, of your own imminent death.

A pet tortoise who will outlive us all.

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That 'alien megastructure' star is freaking out again

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Russian election meddling documented. But it's not what you think...

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Your reclining airplane seat vs. the lap behind you: who owns the air rights?

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Antarctica's ice sheet may have entered the early stages of an unstoppable disintegration. Because the collapse of vulnerable parts of the ice sheet could raise the sea level dramatically, the continued existence of the world's great coastal cities- Miami, New York, Shanghai and many more- is tied to Antarctica's fate.

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Don't panic, humanity's "doomsday" seed vault is probably still safe, despite being flooded by melting Arctic permafrost. Humanity, however...

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Breakfast: The most dangerous meal of the day.

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Alas, fake news still works.

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Forget Trump's claims. Here's the single greatest witch hunt in American history, for real.

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Alaska Airlines was the top rated and considered the friendliest, and Wi-Fi is the overriding factor when planning a flight.

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The enemy of my enemy? The New York Times tips its hat to The Washington Post.

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Get ready for $1,000 IUDs and $1,600 colonoscopies under Trumpcare.

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How the Beatles wrote 'A Day in the Life.' Fifty years after its release, the sprawling closing track on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a testament to the group's ambitious songwriting.

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Marilyn sings, International Hummus Day, snakebite, quotes
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Published Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 5:48 AM EDT
May 18 2017

Today is Thursday, May 18, the 139th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 226 days remaining.

There are:
8 days until the start of Ramadan;
11 days until Memorial Day;
17 days until Pentecost;
27 days until Flag Day;
34 days until the Summer Solstice;
38 days until the end of Ramadan;
38 days until Father's Day;
47 days until Independence Day (July 4);
109 days until Labor Day;
537 days until the 2018 mid-term elections; and
Donald Trump has been President of the United States for 119 days. There are 1,344 days remaining, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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On this day in 1962, A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday".

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Among other things today is also International Hummus Day.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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A Florida man was hospitalized after a rattlesnake bit him on the tongue when he attempted to kiss it.

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Quotes of the day:

"There was no way to predict Trump would act like this in office except for everything he'd ever done his entire life."
-Jon Schwarz

"At Trump University, they didn't give commencement speeches, they gave depositions."
-Variously attributed

"America voted for a roller coaster, so buckle up, people. We're only ten feet up the clicky part."
-Jordan Klepper, "The Daily Show"

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We're late and abbreviated again today, a victim of recalcitrant software. See you Monday.

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