TRAWLING: January 31 2017

So, anything interesting happen last night?  I understand Samoa Joe debuted on Raw and kicked the crap out of a lawyer.  

That's what I get for eating after midnight.

Here are the headlines from Democracy Now!


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The first story is simple: the administration is just doing what it said it would do, literally keeping its campaign promises. Lots of people won’t agree, but it’s playing to its base. They’re also not really good at this whole government thing yet, so implementation is shaky. The second is more sinister: the administration is deliberately testing the limits of governmental checks and balances to set up a self-serving, dangerous consolidation of power

I hesitate to even talk conspiracy theories.  I really do.  But, I'm starting to wonder if there's a red line these people won't cross, and I increasingly think that there isn't one.  That worries me. Let's face a little reality here: Our President is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he's got people around him that now have seemingly unlimited power to get their agenda accomplished. To be clear, it's not Trump I'm worried about, and I'm not even that worried about Putin.  It's Bannon that worries me.  That man is going to make Dick Cheney look angelic.  Keep your eye on him. 

 

According to the notice, applicants will need to disable the Touch Bar's ability to be used with apps through the System Preferences before they can use their computers to take the test. The Touch Bar needs to be set to "Expanded Control Strip," which displays options like screen brightness and volume controls without allowing it to show app-specific content that shifts with each app. 

The digital equivalent of writing down the answers on your arm in permanent marker, I suppose? I want to ask if that can even be done, but they wouldn't be doing this if someone hadn't gone all Kobayashi Maru on this test.  You should be hiring whoever did that for their ingenuity, but I'm just some guy. What do I know?

 

For the last two years, Prince’s legendary catalog has been streaming exclusively on TIDAL. That’ll soon change, however, as Warner Bros. has struck a deal to bring his music to Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and other prominent streaming platforms.

Not sure how I feel about this.  Prince clearly did not want his music online.  The Child of the 80s in me wanted Sign O' The Times in my music library years ago.  

 

According to co-star Gaten Matarazzo, she may have just had a hard time hearing.

“I think it’s just that she couldn’t hear what David was saying,” Matarazzo said to TMZ. He added that the cast didn’t have any ill will toward Ryder after and was just happy to be together.

Frankly, I've been that kind of confused and giddy drunk where I made those faces when someone was talking.  You know, I just assumed....yeah.  OK. Sure. 

You do you, Winona.  Heathers is still amazing. 

 

Ho said that making Twitter safer was the company’s primary focus at the moment, and acknowledged its failures in the past to protect users from threats, insults, and other harassment. “We heard you, we didn't move fast enough last year,” Ho wrote in a threaded series of tweets. “Now we're thinking about progress in days and hours not weeks and months.”

Twitter is my drug of choice, and it has really pained me to watch good people with diverse views--as well as just some funny people making jokes--get set upon by a mob of fuckwits.  This process is WAY late, and I won't be holding my breath to see if it takes a sizeable dent out of the human waste dump that was Gamergate, The Twitchies, and pretty much any of the basket of fuckery that thinks InfoWars and Breitbart are the Gospel.  It's a welcome message, though.  Let's see what you do. 

 

Here’s what happened in the book industry over the last few years: As Amazon has become the big dog in the book world, the “Amazon Bestseller” status has come to be synonymous with being an actual bestseller. This is not true, and I can prove it.

Of note:  One of the articles linked in this piece explains how authors (I'm seriously fighting the urge to put the modifier conservative here, though I'm sure it applies to all) buy their own books in bulk.  I'm absolutely convinced this is how not only Coulter and Malkin and their ilk make it on to the list, but I'm fairly certain this is how quite a few of the Guru Squad does it.  

Read the article for the novelty of putting a foot on the Best Seller list, click through for an education on why Best Seller Lists may not even matter anymore. 

 


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