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

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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

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

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Man Arrested After Pilotless Boat Crashes Onto Florida Beach.

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your sweat can now power a radio. (Axios)

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

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

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

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

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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

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

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says.

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

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

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

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

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

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"This bill is half as good as The Mummy"

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

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

Trump turns an Iowa rally into a venting session.

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

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

President Trump may reveal this week whether secret tapes exist.

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

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

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Solstice, Humanists, Sartre, puppies, lyme disease, Vitamin D, sunscreen, heat waves
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Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 21 2017

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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The Solstice occurs today at 4:24 UT.

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

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

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Among other things, today is also World Humanist Day.

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dogs... so nice we domesticated them twice.

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

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

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

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

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

The obscure clause challenging Donald Trump.

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

Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing.

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

Meet Andrew Weissmann, the prosecutor Trumpworld fears and loathes.

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

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

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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

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

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

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Quote of the day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The most amazing lie in history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

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

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

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

Scientists praise energy innovation office trump wants to shut down.

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

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

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

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