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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 2-22-16: I For One Welcome Our Alien DJ Overlords

A new TV special suggests that the Astronauts on Apollo 10 heard strange music coming through their radio when they were on the far side of the Moon. That’s spooky, because the Moon would have been blocking any signals from Earth, so the music had to come from out in space. The Astronauts debated whether or not to tell NASA about it and decided not to, but it was in their tape dump so eventually NASA did hear about it. The official NASA explanation is that the radios on the CSM and LEM were interfering with each other and that’s what the Astronauts heard. They had all flown in space before though, so it seems likely they would have recognized the sound of two radios interfering with each other.

The city has seized the old Post Office building through eminent domain and will be looking for a new developer. Apparently the existing developer wasn’t moving quickly enough for the city? It’s been abandoned for so long that it might make a good place for some sort of zombie apocalypse role-playing adventure. Other ideas?

Donald Trump has now dropped the allegation that Marco Rubio is ineligible to be President of the United States because he’s “not a Natural Born Citizen.” Once again, the discussion started because he decided to retweet someone mentioning the idea. George Stephanopolous brought up the retweet on This Week, and Trump said he’s “not sure” if Rubio is eligible. He is, BTW. Rubio was born in Miami.  I would have thought that there were unique circumstances behind the personal histories of both Barack Obama and Ted Cruz that led to Trump making those birther allegations, but it turns out that’s literally his campaign strategy against EVERYONE. Are we sure Trump is eligible to be President? Where do Oompa Loompa’s come from?

The Chicago Tribune has found a photo of Bernie Sanders being arrested during a civil rights protest in 1963. It was back when Sanders was a student at the University of Chicago, protesting segregation. He ended up being fined $25.

Finally ready to find a fellow socialist and settle down to raise an army of little socialists to help in the revolution against the capitalist running dogs? Now there’s a dating website just for Bernie Sanders supporters. It’s really only a true Bernie Sanders dating website if you force someone else to pay for your date.

A lock of John Lennon’s hair sold for $35,000 at an auction on Saturday. He got his hair cut for his role in the movie “How I Won The War” in 1967. Cool or stalker-level creepy? Get ready for the debut of Clone John Lennon.

A little girl burst into tears when told President Obama will be leaving office soon. Her grandmother posted the video, and naturally it has since gone viral. President Obama has actually responded, telling her that when he leaves office he won’t go anywhere, he’ll just be a normal citizen just like her.

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-4-15: Women Get Combative

The Pentagon is ordering the military to make all combat jobs open to women. They have until the first of the year to make it happen.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 185,345. People went out to buy lots and lots of guns on Black Friday. The FBI reported running 185,345 background checks for gun sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Several of Syed Farook‘s neighbors told ABC News they noticed “suspicious activity” at his home but didn’t report anything for fear of being called racist. Overall though, it seems like he was a good neighbor, with some going so far as to say he was “good with kids.”

Donald Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition. He said they should like him because “I’m a negotiator, just like you.”

In science news, Russia has announced that they will be building a permanent colony on the Moon in the 2030’s.

Plus, a company in Vermont is offering you the chance to store your loved ones ashes in an urn that looks just like their severed head.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-19-15: The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth

A third and final trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens will debut during halftime on Monday Night Football tonight. Advanced tickets will also go on sale at about the same time. ESPN is owned by Disney, which also owns Star Wars, so you can see why they’d debut it on MNF.

Interesting Stat of the Day: $77 billion. Cost to the U.S. economy in 2010 due to hungover workers, according to the CDC.

A high school junior in Texas died during a football game. He was complaining of dizziness at halftime and collapsed later in the game. He’s the 6th high school player to die in the United States this year. Would you think twice about letting your child play football at this point?

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush’s latest war of words is over 9/11. Trump is basically saying that Jeb Bush would not be able to keep us safe as President, because 9/11 happened while his brother was President.

In science news, the European Space Agency and the Russians are going to send a robotic mission to the Moon’s south pole. The flight will launch in 2020, and spacecraft will take a look to see whether or not there is water, and other raw materials to make fuel and oxygen.

Plus, someone has created a Change.org petition that aims to change the official currency in Australia to the Dollarydoo.

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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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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 7-22-15: First They Came For The Butt-Dialers

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that accidental phone calls aren’t private. The panel said a pocket- or butt-dial is comparable to leaving your blinds open, it’s not an invasion of your privacy for someone to look in the open window.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 37 million people. That’s the number of users exposed in the Ashley Madison hack.

Military recruiters are saying ‘thanks but no thanks’ to the armed civilians who have decided to stand guard at recruiting centers. They say they can handle their own security, they are after all professional soldiers and Marines.

In science news, a NASA-funded study suggests that human beings could return to the Moon as early as 2021. Instead of using their own rockets and spacecraft, they would partner with commercial companies like SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace.

People in the news, A federal appeals court has thrown out five of 18 counts against convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Plus, Iowa Cubs outfielder Anthony Giansanti has a little crush on UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. He leaves a ticket to every game at the will call booth for her, hoping one day she’ll show up.

 

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-22-15: Phony Tornado Alarms Reduce Readiness

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says adults should get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Getting less than six hours of shut-eye a night has been associated with heart attacks, strokes, obesity and diabetes.

Interesting Stat of the Day: According to a new study three out of every four tornado warnings are false alarms.

People in the news, remember Jake Lloyd? He played young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He was arrested after sending police on a high speed chase in Charleston, South Carolina after the weekend.

In technology news, we have a good old fashioned war between Taylor Swift and Apple. Taylor is upset because Apple is offering users a three month trial period and won’t be paying artists to play their music. Apple ultimately caved.

In sports, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer may be the only person ever disappointed in a no-hitter. He was throwing a perfect game until he hit Jose Tabata with the Pittsburgh Pirates with two out in the 9th.

Plus, an official in Russia is calling for an investigation into the Apollo missions on the Moon.

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45 Years Ago: Apollo 13

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the start of a mission that came to be known as NASA’s most famous successful failure. Apollo 13 captured the world’s attention after an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The three astronauts and dozens of flight controllers labored for days to solve one challenge after another, eventually bringing the three astronauts home.

Walter Cronkite and former astronaut Wally Schirra covered the accident for CBS as it was happening. Now we have 24 hour cable news networks constantly on the air whether they have something to talk about or not. Back in 1970 however, few stories actually warranted around the clock coverage. It’s very interesting to watch Cronkite and Schirra react to things as they happen.

(h/t to Rob Hart for the video)

Gabatron – #4: Sky High Valentine

It turns out that Neil Armstrong was known to bring his work home with him, and it also turns out that Dan Levy has racked up a much more impressive swag stash in his career than Keith Conrad. Plus, Dan was the only person in America not caught up in House of Cards fever this week, an astonishing number of Americans believe in Astrology and some florists in Colorado have come up with the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift.

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 2-10-15: Sticky-Fingered Hero

A deal has been announced between Sony Pictures and Marvel that will allow Spider-man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think we’ll all remember where we were when we heard the news.

It turns out American legend, the first Man to walk on the Moon Neil Armstrong had sticky fingers. Armstrong brought a bag full of used equipment back from the Moon with him and stashed it away.

Here’s a 21st century problem: If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day surprise, you could be done-in by online ads.

…and finally, a woman they are calling a “Serial Stowaway” was arrested trying to check in at a resort in Florida after she had successfully flown from Minneapolis using someone else’s name.

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