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Geek/CounterGeek – #62: (Suicide) Squad Goals

NBC and ABC seem to have gone full boat in tinkering with the Space-time continuum with their new shows this fall. Elliott and Keith agree that Timeless and Time After Time both look interesting, but network TV could have done something a little better if they wanted to tackle time travel.

Speaking of television, Disney head honchos are once again dropping hints that there could be a live-action Star Wars show headed to the small screen. Elliott is skeptical, because of the cost involved in doing it right, but Keith may have a possible solution. Also, it appears there may be a figure from the Star Wars prequel trilogy showing up in Rogue One.

Plus, Suicide Squad hit theaters over the weekend. It seems like people loved or hate it. Elliott shared which side of the fence he comes down on.

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 – #53: Riker Rides Again?

More morsels are coming out of the Star Wars Episode VIII set, but one thing in particular is causing Keith Conrad some concern and giving him prequel flashbacks.

Plus, rumors are swirling about the new Star Trek series from CBS. It hasn’t been confirmed by anyone officially, but apparently the plan is for the new series have stand alone anthologies every season. Keith thinks this is exciting and could potentially lead to the return of some all-time favorite characters.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 3-1-16: Assault With A Deadly Emoji

Welcome to the Internet age: A 12-year-old girl is facing criminal charges for making a death threat… with emoji. And she’s one of several defendants across the country in cases where emoji are being interpreted as threats, including one in which a cop emoji was followed by a gun emoji. How seriously should the courts take emoji threats? Because some people see emoji as cartoonish and non-threatening in general, and others see them as the new (really stupid) universal language.

Everybody panic: The first Chicago case of the Zika virus has popped up at a hospital on the north side. She’s not pregnant and had recently traveled to Colombia. Officials are expecting the number of cases to rise over the next month or so, as people head off the warm weather destinations for spring break.

Donald Trump has hit 49% among Republicans nationally according to a new CNN poll. That would seem to be somewhat problematic for the “well if only Cruz/Rubio dropped out and it was a one-on-one race” crowd.

Trump was interrupted by a protester at rally on Monday. He asked her if she was from Mexico and scolded her for interrupting his punchline.

CBS head honcho Les Moonves has found the silver lining in the rise of Donald Trump. “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” and called Donald Trump‘s presence in the race a “good thing.” He’s not wrong.

El Chapo says he’ll plead guilty in the US under one condition, he wants to go to a medium security prison. Gee, I wonder why. He’s currently being held in the same prison he escaped from, and apparently he’s not happy with the way he’s being treated.

House of Squalor: A woman in Kansas City was living with 26 cats in her house. People thought the house was abandoned. Basically, they were squatting in the house with 26 cats. The city only allows people to have up to four animals, so even if they were living in it legally 26 would be a problem. She said she wants people to know she is not a crazy cat lady. Which is exactly what a crazy cat lady would say.

Pour some out for Joe Patroni. Actor George Kennedy has died at the age of 91. He was Dragline in Cool Hand Luke, Joe Patroni in the Airport movies and of course Ed in the Naked Gun movies.

Geek/CounterGeek – #47: Katrina And The Gravitational Waves

Scientists have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves. It proves a theory that was proposed by Einstein around 100 years ago.

The Russians have announced that they will do their best impression of a Michael Bay movie, and try to blow up the asteroid Apophis as it passes by the Earth in 2036.

Speaking of Michael Bay movies and blowing stuff up, Transformers 5, 6 and 7 have their release dates, just in case you’re still interested in that kind of thing.

Plus, there was big news in the Star Trek universe. Bryan Fuller has been tapped as the showrunner for the new CBS Star Trek series that will headline their new streaming channel. Fuller is a life-long Star Trek fan and former writer for both DS9 and Voyager so the news has Keith and Elliott both more bullish on the project.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 1-4-16: Crowd Funding Education

A teacher in Waukegan is turning to Internet crowd funding to get things for her classroom that taxpayers would never ever even think to pay for. So far they have enough laptops and tablets for each student to have a device, along with a 3-D printer, robotics kits and subscriptions to a kid-level news magazine and even a webcam so they can Skype with experts in the fields they are discussing in class.

Daily Data Mining: According to a new scientific study from Canada of nearly 1,000 mother/offspring pairs, maternal kisses are not effective in alleviating minor childhood injuries or boo-boos.

Donald Trump told John Dickerson on Face The Nation that he’d be a “much different person” if elected President.

Have you seen that commercial for the dating site just for farmers? A new dating website that is only for white people has bought a billboard in Utah.

In technology news, Mark Zuckerberg wants to live a bit more like Tony Stark. In a post on Facebook last week, Zuckerberg wrote that he building an AI that can run his home and present him with virtual reality.

Plus, a man in Alabama has been spotted on camera peeping through windows. He’s completely naked, except for a Ronald Reagan mask.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 11-16-15: Rent-a-Mom

Ronda Rousey has actually lost. That is all.

A woman in New York is renting herself out as a surrogate mom to millennials who just aren’t getting enough attention for their liking. Her name is Nina Keneally, she’s 63 years old and offers services ranging from ironing and cooking to a shoulder to cry on, all for the low-low price of $40 per hour.

Interesting Stat of the Day: $720 million. That was the amount wagered on Major League Baseball in Nevada in 2014, up 6 percent from 2013.

CBS decided to push back episodes of Supergirl and NCIS:LA because they dealt with terror attacks.

In technology news, a Google driverless car was pulled over Thursday for driving too slow. Google caps speeds for the vehicles at 25 mph.

Plus, a Boston woman will be allowed to wear a colander on her head in her drivers license photo.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #33: Will We Ever Actually Get To Mars?

MacGuyver may be headed back to your TV. Keith thinks the news demonstrates that there is a career field in Hollywood that seems to offer a strange amount of career security.

Sarah Michelle Gellar teased Star Wars fans with the possibility that she might play Princess Leia on Star Wars Rebels. She will be on the show, but it won’t be as Leia.

The Terminator franchise is on hole indefinitely after less than stellar returns from Terminator Genysis. Keith thinks there will one day be room for a reboot of the franchise, but they have to give it a little more time and make a few tough decisions.

Plus, Elliott and Keith tackle the question that has haunted parents on road trips since the days of the Oregon Trail: “Are we there yet?” Watching The Martian over the weekend, Keith started to wonder if NASA will ever actually be able to send crews to Mars.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 7-23-15: Unwanted Economics Lecture

A Seattle bartender got a lecture in economics instead of a tip. A customer put “0” as a tip and left a card explaining that they were not tipping, because Seattle raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 1.1 million. That’s the number of copies of “Go Set a Watchman” sold already, according to Harper Collins.

David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld have asked that their endorsements of a 2014 biography of Bill Cosby be removed in future printings.

In technology news, a group of former Apple engineers have created an idiot-proof oven.

In entertainment news, CBS has ordered a series about a Congressional staffer who discovers that aliens have eaten the brains of everyone on Capitol Hill.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #14: The Internet Turns On Harry Shearer and Supergirl

The pop culture world was rocked this week when Harry Shearer announced on Twitter that he is leaving The Simpsons. Now it would appear that the voice actor and The Simpsons powers that be are still in negotiations.

Disney is dropping hints that they might be considering starting their own network for Star Wars and Marvel.

Plus, this week was TV trailerpalooza. Everyone can obviously agree that The Muppets will be awesome. However there is less consensus about the trailer for the new CBS series Supergirl, which has generated some controversy for it’s portrayal of a female superhero.

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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Harry Shearer on ‘Simpsons’ exit: ‘Stay tuned’
Disney May Be Thinking About Marvel & Star Wars TV Channels
The Muppets on ABC trailer
Supergirl on CBS trailer
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