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What Are We Going To Call This Thing? – #3: I Have No Strong Feelings One Way Or The Other

A new poll says that 29% of Americans could see themselves supporting a military coup against the federal government.

Elon Musk was on one of the inaugural episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and proposed an idea that pretty much cemented his status as a real life Bond villain.

Plus, Conrad’s Tales of the Unknown brings us undeniable proof of the existence of aliens. Maybe.

Dave Stripling and Keith Conrad are producers for rival Chicago morning radio shows, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get along. This forbidden friendship is a lot like West Side Story, except with less finger-snapping.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-11-15: Military Coup D’etat

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Interesting stat of the day: 29 percent. According to a new poll, that’s the percentage of Americans who could imagine a scenario in which they would support a U.S. military coup of the federal government.

Uber is launching a program here in Chicago to lease cars to people who want to drive for them but can’t afford a car.

Louis Farrakhan is calling for a boycott of Christmas. He says it’s a bonanza for white businesses and needs to stop.

Scientists have discovered what they have named Homo naledi, a new human ancestor in South Africa. They haven’t been able to come up with an age yet, but they say it has both primitive and modern traits.

Plus, Elon Musk was a guest on the second edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and may have proved he is a Bond villain.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-4-15: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Donald Trump signed a pledge Thursday afternoon vowing not to seek a third-party bid under any circumstances. He also said that he will “endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is.”

Interesting Stat of the Day: 10 million. National Audio Company sold 10 million tapes last year and sales are up 20 percent this year.

Five polar bears have captured a team of scientists in Russia. The bears are, according to CNN, “hungry” and blocking two meteorologists and an engineer from leaving a weather station.

That county clerk in Kentucky who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is going to spend some time in jail.

In science news, if you applied to be one of those Mars One people you might want to re-think your plans. A researcher from MIT says that with today’s technology it would be impossible for people to survive indefinitely.

Plus, a college student in Texas got her drivers license suspended after a DWI, so she had to find an alternate mode of transportation: She bought a Powerwheels Barbie Jeep on Craigslist and drives it to school every day.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-2-15: This Is the End

There’s a Blood Moon on the night of September 27-28. Some people are predicting that a series of four Blood Moons separated by exactly six months is a sign of the end of the world.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 1 year. A team of six NASA astronauts began a one-year isolation project in Hawaii to simulate a year on Mars without fresh air or privacy.

7-11 is now going to be offering delivery in select cities, including Chicago.

In technology news, the latest problem brought about by the proliferation of smartphones? “Selfie lice”

One thing we’ve learned from the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails? She wasn’t impressed by the Blagojevich verdict. She called it a “puny outcome” in an email to a friend.

Plus, McDonald’s will begin rolling out all-day breakfast nationwide on Oct. 6.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Hosts The Martian Viral Video

20th Century Fox has been leading an immersive viral campaign in support of Ridley Scott’s upcoming The Martian, opening in theaters October 2. The latest was posted today and it’s hosted by none other than renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The story takes place in the 2030’s, so it’s an aged version of Tyson, but it looks like the years have been kind to him.

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 7-2-16: Facebook Second Death Syndrome

We’ve all seen fake stories that went viral after someone took them seriously on Facebook. Many a politician has been caught doing that. People just do not pay attention to whether the news item they’re sharing on Facebook is real or even in some cases current. Now there’s apparently a real thing called Facebook Second Death Syndrome.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 1.89. That’s the number of things your outdoor cat is killing every month, according to a new British study.

Hillary Clinton’s camp has released another batch of emails from her private server.

People in the news, Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision.

In science news, Mars rovers are old news, get ready for the Mars glider. NASA is kicking the tires on a design for a remote controlled glider that could explore Mars in the not too distant future.

Plus, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled against plans to put a monument to the Ten Commandments on the state capitol property. That means the local group of Satanists have also canceled their plans to build a statue to Satan.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-26-15: Sightseeing On Mars

The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States.

On the same day, the Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that it’s OK for parents to spank their children. It has to be “reasonable” force and the child cannot be permanently harmed.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 8,678. That’s the number of cases of Wish-Bone Ranch Salad Dressing that were recalled because someone in the factory mislabeled them. They are actually bleu cheese dressing.

People in the news, Bristol Palin has announced that she’s pregnant with her second child. She was engaged, but called off the wedding a couple of weeks ago.

In science news, in an open invitation to the scientific community and space geeks alike, NASA has announced it will accept suggestions on where to land humans on Mars. They are pretty open to suggestions, but they want there to be at least two “Interesting” features within 100 miles.

Plus, the latest trend to lure employees to a company is to offer health insurance for employee pets.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-10-15: The Death of Traditional Marriage

Simpsons showrunner Al Jean says Homer and Marge Simpson will be getting “legally separated” in The Simpsons’ 27th season premiere this fall. This is following up news that Sideshow Bob will kill Bart in the Treehouse of Horror episode.

Interesting stat of the day: According to a new study, if your child watches Sesame Street they are 14% less likely to be behind in school.

In science news, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found glass in a crater on Mars. It’s a type of glass known as impact glass, which is formed from the heat of a meteorite impact. Because the material that’s around when the meteorite hits can be sealed in the glass, NASA researchers believe the glass could provide a clue to possible past life on Mars.

In sports, San Francisco Giants rookie pitcher Chris Heston threw the first no-hitter of 2015. It was just the 13th Major League start for Heston.

In politics, former Senator and current GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is really setting the world on fire. Santorum held a campaign event in Iowa and drew a robust four people.

Plus, a terrorist from ISIS decided it was a good idea to take a selfie in front of ISIS headquarters. Because of that the US military was able to pinpoint the buildings location and make it go kaboom.

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“The Martian” Trailer Is Released

Just a day after a viral video introduced us to the cast of Ridley Scott’s The Martian, we now have our first full trailer. NASA botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon), who had so much fun needling his crewmates in the previous video, is left behind on Mars when a dust storm hits their base and he is lost in the evacuation. The world thinks he’d dead and he has about a month of supplies, so, in order to survive, he has to “science the shit” out of things to make it the four-ish years it would take a rescue mission to get there.

The cast looks amazing, with people Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan and Jeff Daniels showing up, but even more interesting is the casting of Donald Glover and Kristen Wiig in much more serious roles than we’ve seen them in before. The Martian will land in theaters on November 25th.