Someone flushed the toilet during today's livestreamed Supreme Court arguments today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a4EU0dPHWA

At least all we heard was the flush.

From CNN:

The case at issue concerned the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that prohibits unwanted calls to cellphones by use of an automated system. Challengers say one provision violates the Constitution. Lawyer Ramon Martinez, representing political groups challenging the law, was pressing his point when the offending flush occurred.

Martinez did not seem fazed or publicly notice the interruption.

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China's toxic livestreaming culture: the vicarious lives of angry, alienated, uneducated rural gamers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWdg8d18Tfs&feature=youtu.be

China has a massive livestreaming industry, centered around the YY platform, which started out as a Twitch-style gamer livestreaming platform and now hosts a huge number of wildly popular vloggers who earn money when viewers toss them virtual tips that they can redeem for cash. Read the rest

Student blocks deportation of Afghan asylum-seeker by refusing to sit down and let the plane take off

Elin Ersson is a 21 year old Swedish social work student who boarded a plane at Gothenburg airport yesterday and refused to sit down until an Afghan asylum-seeker who was to be deported that day was offloaded and allowed to remain in Sweden. Read the rest

Empty town hall has been streaming since September 2016

https://youtu.be/Kc9oHA-cRYY

The Cromwell Town Hall has been livestreaming this room since Sep 14, 2016.

Someone on Reddit said, "I've caught 2 full room meetings in progress since it was posted. Like an unfunny Parks and Recreation." Read the rest