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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 2-15-16: Republican Presidential Race Goes Thermonuclear

Donald Trump decided to extend his war on the Bush family to George W. Bush during Satuday night’s debate. He went full Iraq War Truther, saying that Bush liked about WMD in Iraq, and proclaimed that he knew all along that they weren’t there. Dubya has about an 80% approval rating in South Carolina, so it will be interesting to see how people react to that.

Saturday’s Republican debate was a real humdinger. The biggest fireworks were between Donald Trump & Jeb Bush, Donald Trump & Ted Cruz and Ted Cruz & Marco Rubio. Charles Krauthammer said it was “thermonuclear” and the GOPers went from WWE to UFC.

Ben Carson decided it was a good idea to quote Joseph Stalin in his closing statement during Saturday’s debate. He was basically saying that society is collapsing, and this election is about turning things around. The problem is Stalin never actually said that, it’s just a meme that’s been floating around Facebook for a while.

America is finally hearing from Amy Lindsey, the adult film actress who ended up in a Ted Cruz ad. She said that people called her to say the ad was being pulled before she even know it had been released. She says that she identifies as a conservative Republican, and she would still consider supporting Ted Cruz in the Presidential election.

Rahm Emanuel is bringing back the idea of an express train between downtown and O’Hare. It would cost some public money, but they are actually looking for a private company to build and operate it. Fares would range from $25 to $35 for the roughly 20-minute journey, which is half the time it takes for the Blue Line. We’d be better off researching teleportation.

A flugelhorn player was the victim of a smash and grab in Chicago. He was at a yoga class at the time (There’s the problem). The guys horns and the case they were in are worth about $8,000.

The health ministry in Jamaica wants to raise awareness of the Zika Virus, so they’ve released a new PSA. It features a reggae song about the virus, and it’s every bit as awesome as you think.

Good news: Cuba has returned our lost dummy Hellfire missile. It was somehow accidentally shipped to Cuba in 2014, and we had been working to get it back every since.

Watch porn to save the whales! To celebrate World Whale Day on February 13, PornHub has pledged to donate 1 cent for every 2,000 videos viewed on their site between February 8 to 29. All the proceeds will go towards the non-profit cetacean conservation group The Moclips Cetological Society.

Bill Murray got mad when some people at a party in California were taking his picture and threw their phones off of the roof. He was apparently annoyed at the constant flashes from the camera phones. Murray has offered to pay to replace all of the phones, so there wasn’t be any charges filed.

UPDATE: Remember the guy who was arrested for having sex with a woman on the ferris wheel in Las Vegas? He was actually supposed to marry another woman that week. His fiance told him that she was pregnant with another man’s baby, and he went on a drunken romp throughout the city that ended up including picking up a 21 year old stranger and going on a ferris wheel ride. The fiance ended up bailing him out of jail and doesn’t seem as furious about the whole thing as one would assume.

Geek/CounterGeek – #32: What Makes A Star Trek Movie A Star Trek Movie?

Sigourney Weaver is the latest Ghostbusters alum to land a confirmed cameo in the new female reboot of the 1980’s classic. She joins Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts.

Meanwhile, if you felt a disturbance in The Force this week, that’s because a Star Wars website is reporting that Hayden Christensen is working with trainers to get in shape for a role in a future Star Wars movie. Most people seem to be assuming it would be Episode VIII, but Elliott points it there could be another option. Keith has decided to start keeping track of rumors, so when the movie actually does come out, he’ll know who was right.

Idris Elba is talking a little bit about his role in Star Trek Beyond. He hasn’t given any plot details, but he did say that he is playing at totally new character that is not based off of anyone from the original series or any of the movies. Elliott has long been on record as not enjoying Into Darkness as much as the original reboot, so Keith and Elliott discussed what needs to be in a Star Trek movie in order for it to truly be a Star Trek movie.

Each week Keith Conrad and Chicago’s Top Geek Elliott Serrano debate a controversial topic in contemporary geekery: Kirk vs. Picard? Was Douglas Quaid dreaming in Total Recall? No topic is off limits.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #25: Ranking “The Women” of Sci-fi

After years of wailing and gnashing of teeth about making a new Ghostbusters movie, Bill Murray will be making an appearance in the new reboot of the franchise.

Fantastic Four bombed at the box office, which may mean that we’re reaching the end of the reboot era.

The astronauts on the International Space Station are eating romaine lettuce that they grew themselves in space. It’s the first time that people in space have actually grown their own food.

Plus, in honor of Donald Trump’s wonderful relationship with “the women,” Elliott and Keith picked their favorite women characters from sci-fi.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #5: I Ain’t Afraid Of No Sequel

Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad talk about some exciting news about the first Star Wars spin-off movie and Episode VIII. There are already plans for a male spin-off of the new all-female Ghostbusters reboot. Plus, Keith tries in vain to defend himself after it comes to light that he liked Ghostbusters 2 better than the original movie.

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Felicity Jones in Star Wars: Actress to Star in Standalone
Rogue One Is the First Star Wars Stand-Alone Film
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Release Date Revealed
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Gabatron – #7: Seeking A Podcast For The End of the World

Keith Conrad is getting a little annoyed at peoples lazy use of the English language and Dan Levy can’t even grab some fast food without running into the same problem. Keith and Dan are both facing down the boredom that comes with unemployment through the magic of binge-watching TV shows. If the apocalypse hit tomorrow, who do you think would be best suited to survive? Plus, what would you do if you were playing golf and suddenly Han Solo crashed in front of you?

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Willie Wilson’s Path from Mayoral Candidate to Power Broker
Piggly Wiggly
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Are Republicans Or Democrats More Likely To Survive The Apocalypse?
Harrison Ford injured in plane crash
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Geek/CounterGeek – #2: Starbuck’s Disappearing Act

Once again there was some breaking news on Friday night: Steven Spielberg is interested in directing a potential Indiana Jones reboot. The main topic of conversation though is the ending of Battlestar Galactica, specifically the fate of Starbuck. Both Keith and Elliott agree that Starbuck and the audience deserved a little bit more explanation about what happened to her, but for Elliott the vagueness of her fate was more a deal breaker, for the episode and the series.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 2-16-15: President’s Day

“Saturday Night Live” celebrated four decades on the air last night with a live special. Two me there were two highlights: Bill Murray singing the theme to Jaws, and Wayne’s World.

Here in Chicago Metra has decided to cancel their plan to experiment with allowing people to bring small pets onto trains. Officials say that there are concerns that need to be addressed before they can go ahead with it.

According to a new survey from Mashable, people are constantly re-wearing clothing between washes. Is that true in your life? Are you a one-and-done kind of person or have you been known to re-wear a thing or two?

…and finally, some museums around the country are taking steps to ban selfie sticks. They claim that they are disruptive and could even cause injuries or damage to exhibits.