Gabatron Morning Briefing 1-9-15: Free Ride

The White House has announced a proposal that President Barack Obama said would make community college “free for everybody who is willing to work for it.” Students would have to maintain a certain GPA, and then their tuition would be covered. The White House estimates that it could save students as much as $3,800 a year. So basically, if you’re not smart or hard working enough to keep your GPA up, you’ll owe them all of that money and you’ll have to pay it back while working at Burger Shack. Good luck with that.

US intelligence reports that our government was not responsible for the computer hacks that crippled North Korea’s electric grid… such as it is. This is of course in keeping with the long, proud American policy of “No Hack Backsies.”

Rich Ross has taken over as President of Discovery Channel. His first order of business was to announce that they will never again do a show devoted to a man being eaten alive by a snake. That’s a shame, because Mayor Rahm Emanuel wanted Chicago to host round two. If he really wants to make an impact he should bring back Kari, Grant and Tory to the Mythbusters.

Within the space of two weeks, “Selfie Sticks” went from being something that I had heard of once or twice, tosomething that is completely pervasive in the pop culture zeitgeist. How did that happen? Has anyone seen a person actually using a Selfie Stick? Because I can honestly say that I haven’t. Am I sounding like an out-of-touch old man all of a sudden? Get off my lawn.

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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