Gabatron Morning Briefing – 2-25-16: Facebook Gets Reactionary

We’re living in a different world than we were yesterday. Facebook has turned on their new “Reactions” feature. So instead of just “liking” a post, you can choose from “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,” “Sad,” and “Angry.” It comes from people wanting to show support for posts where a “like” wasn’t really appropriate, like if someone’s parent just died or they posted that they were a Donald Trump supporter. I fear change, so I don’t like this one bit.

Shots fired: Two sources are saying that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is being vetted as a possible Supreme Court nominee. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is a Republican

Tom Ricketts addressed the media for the full start of spring training and commented on Donald Trump’s tweet about the family. He said it’s a little surreal when Donald Trump threatens your mom. He also pointed out that the family is pretty transparent about everything they do, both with the team and other causes they each support, so he’s not sure what Trump meant by saying they have a lot to hide.

Mitt Romney thinks it would be great if Donald Trump’s taxes faced the same scrutiny that his did four years ago. He thinks there just might be a “bombshell” of some kind in there, since Trump seems to be evading the issue at this point.

The cosmic ballet goes on: The Earth got hit by a meteorite earlier this month and no one seemed to notice. The meteor hit the atmosphere about 600 miles off the coast of Brazil. It was about 1/3 the size of the one that blew up over Russia a while back, so it exploded with the force of 13,000 tons of TNT, as opposed to the one over Russia which was 500,000 tons of TNT. Some dolphins were probably very confused, but no people were adversely effected.

Grassroots Support: A woman is selling official pipes and chillums to raise money for Bernie Sanders. They are called “Burners for Bernie” and range in price from $30-60. It seems ironic that she would sell them for money.

A business owner in Georgia is requiring employees to get a concealed carry permit and be armed. He also gives each of them a gun called “The Judge.” They sell aviation insurance. He said it was in response to a recent increase in home robberies in the area.

A woman in Maine found out that she needed a kidney transplant, and was told it could take three to six years until she’d get to the top of the transplant list. She wasn’t too happy with that so she took matters into her own hands and posted signs all over town asking for a donor. Amazingly enough, a waitress with four kids responded and now she’ll be getting her transplant. From a total stranger.

Bigfoot is either doing a lot of traveling or has a bigger family than we thought. Now there has been a sighting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

There’s a guy offering a job with a $260,000/year salary and three months of vacation and he can’t find anyone who wants it. It’s not like it’s working in a sewer or engraving asprins or anything, it’s a doctor’s office. The problem is it’s in rural Australia, with spotty WiFi and no one other than kangaroos to hang out with. Would you work in the middle of nowhere for $260,000?

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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