TRAWLING: February 3 2017

Here are today's headlines from Democracy Now!


Most influential, according to Combi, is a social paranoia that has been ramped up by smartphones. Generation Z's social circles are not just a group of friends, but a potential swarm of teenage paparazzi, with even fewer morals than the professionals.

"With everything kids do being filmed, they are very aware that being caught wasted on camera isn't a good look. So it's put people off. There is a culture of drink and drug shaming in the media, and this social embarrassment has filtered down to kids. If they get wasted at a party, the likelihood is that it will end up on Instagram or Snapchat. Kids have always been cruel, and most kids who see someone passed out on the floor having wet themselves are going to take a picture."

So, peer pressure.  

Some things never change.  


Old-fashioned thermostats, it seems, are being retrofitted so that they can be centrally controlled. In other words, fiddling with the buttons will make no difference to the temperature—although, given how effective placebos are, some people will feel a phantom cooling or warming in the room.

Guests, though, are fighting back. Blogs have been started that explain how to override systems and take back control of the temperature. YouTube videos explain the procedures for bypassing specific models. Some regular travellers have vowed never to stay in establishments unless they can take full responsibility for their climate.

I've stayed in some absolute holes in the winter that were just as bad as sleeping in a snowdrift.  If it's 25 degrees outside, my room needs to be pumping some heat.  If I can't control that, I doubt I'd stay in a place like that again.  


"Well this is Black History Month, so this is our little breakfast, our little get-together. Hi Lynn, how are you? Just a few notes. During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work, and faith in America. I’ve gotten a real glimpse — during the campaign, I’d go around with Ben to a lot of different places I wasn’t so familiar with. They’re incredible people. And I want to thank Ben Carson, who’s gonna be heading up HUD. That’s a big job. That’s a job that’s not only housing, but it’s mind and spirit. Right, Ben? And you understand, nobody’s gonna be better than Ben."

Once you realize that they didn't have to change a single word of his to make it a parody, you understand its brilliance.

Instead of a Photo of The Day, I thought I'd share the last live performance of my favorite Pink Floyd song.   This is a song that will never be played again, because Richard is gone.  

What a performance.  Strap in for this, it's 25 minutes of amazing. 



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