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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 3-30-16: Relaxed Work Ethic

France may make it illegal to check your email when you’re not in normal business hours. A new bill proposes to give workers the “right to disconnect” after office hours and on the weekends. The bill would require employers to encourage their employees to stay off smartphones and “other devices” when the aren’t in the office. Say what you want about the declining American worth ethic, but at least we haven’t done that… yet.

Chicago will be adding another amazing, world-class museum to it’s ranks next month. The U.S. Pizza Museum will be opening on April 3rd.

Lincoln Towing says they are being bullied by the Chicago City Council. Alderman Ameya Pawar called them “bad operators”

Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with battery in Florida. It all goes back to the incident earlier this month where he allegedly grabbed reporter Michelle Fields at a campaign event. He turned himself in to police Tuesday morning in Jupiter, Florida, where he was charged with misdemeanor battery.

Trump talked to reporters about the incident on his airplane in Wisconsin. She said Fields was actually reaching for him and Lewandowski was stepping in to stop her. He also questioned whether the Fields bruises were actually from the incident with Lewandowski.

Wednesday morning fight club: Jake Tapper got into it pretty good with a spokesperson for Trump over the Cruz affair allegations. Tapper had just talked to CNN contributor Amanda Carpenter and asked Trump spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Mike’s daughter) why Trump is continuing to push the story. They went round and round for several minutes, with Tapper going so far as to ask if she was ashamed of the want the campaign was acting. She just repeatedly blamed Marco Rubio for the allegations. Tapper ultimately just said “I don’t think we’re getting anywhere” and ended the interview.

Tim Tebow says he’s intrigued by the idea of running for office one day. “Hi, I’m Tim Tebow. I’m a virgin and a really bad quarterback. Vote for me.”

Let’s talk about the fact that Jon Lovitz ruled the Internet for a couple of days. Actress/Singer Jessica Lowndes posted pictures on her Instagram account that led people to believe she was engaged to Jon Lovitz. Lowndes is 27 and Lovitz is 58, so the creep factor with that was pretty high. It turns out it was all a publicity stunt for her new music video, which features Lovitz. At least for a brief wonderful couple of days, people were talking about Jon Lovitz again.

Actress Patty Duke? DEAD. She was 69. 2016 has already been the worst for Baby Boomers.

An Oklahoma couple was cooking up some Easter dinner when they found a dead mouse in a can of green beans. Actually, it was worse than that. They found a mouse head and a mouse leg, so somewhere out there is the rest of a mouse. The company says they are investigating the claim, but the couple are youth pastors in their church, so you know they are telling the truth. What’s worse than finding a mouse in your green beans? Finding parts of a mouse in your green beans.

A woman put on her online dating profile that she was a big baseball fan. A would-be suitor decided to introduce himself by quizzing her on her baseball acumen. Her response was the most amazing thing anyone has written on the Internet this week.

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 1-12-16: Chicago Museum Teaches Kids The Circle Of Life

Today is National Poetry At Work Day:

Did you ever wonder what happened to that cute little baby chick you watched hatch and then named “Horatio” during your visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago? It turns out most of them are immediately taken to Lincoln Park Zoo where they are fed to snakes, leopards and Bald Eagles. At least the ones fed to the Bald Eagles are dying the most patriotic death possible for a baby chick.

An apartment fire in Oklahoma has created perhaps the greatest 30 seconds of video in TV over the past decade. Meet Michelle Dobyne, who explains what happened when her apartment complex burst into the flames. Thankfully no one was hurt in the blaze.

A new app is available in Chicago that is billing itself as the “Uber of private jets.” Unlike Uber, where you pay for each trip individually, with this new app called JetSmart you pay an annual fee of $9,000. But for that low-low price, you can fly on your very own jet.

A substitute teacher in Florida told her students that if they didn’t behave she would let a gunman come into the classroom and shoot them. She was teaching third graders at the time. The classrooms have doors to the outside and she allegedly dangled the keys in front of them. She was removed and escorted off campus.

Awkward Media Moment: A radio newscaster in Great Britain accidentally told listeners that David Cameron died, instead of David Bowie.

Meanwhile, in politics…

Donald Trump picked up the endorsement of the American Freedom Party. They are a white supremacist group founded in California. In their endorsement they refer to Trump as the “great white hope.”

(Audio) Hillary Clinton awkwardly panders to millennials by going on Ellen and talking about selfies and smartphone apps. She must have gotten a new software update, just like the Teslas.

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-21-15: Economic Hardship For Bullies

A new anti-bullying proposal in Oklahoma would fine students $50 for bullying, instead of suspending or expelling them. The idea is by hitting the child and parent right in the wallet, they’ll take a more hands on role in teaching their little tax break to treat people like human beings.

Interesting Stat of the Day: $238 million. It’s no exaggeration to say that EVERYBODY saw Star Wars The Force Awakens over the weekend.

Donald Trump is defending Vladimir Putin from accusations that he had journalists killed. Not only did he say that there isn’t proof that Putin had anyone killed, but he went a step further and said the United States has killed its share of people.

An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris had to be diverted to Kenya because of a device that was originally thought to be a bomb.

In Science news, the folks at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, the largest particle accelerator on Earth, say their machine might have produced a brand new particle that could send the laws of particle physics into a tizzy.

Plus, Max Temkin is a Chicago guy and the creator of Cards Against Humanity, a hugely successful card game and one of the first Kirkstarter projects. He and the rest of his company decided to give the Chinese company that does all of their printing a week’s vacation as a show of appreciation for all of their work. The problem is in China, there’s no such thing as a week’s vacation, so they had to get creative. They actually paid for a week’s worth of printing, and then told the employees they had nothing to print and they should go the next week traveling, or spending time with their families.

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 – 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.

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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