Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

The 1989 Pink Floyd concert on a floating stage next to San Marco Square in Venice gathered more than 200,000 fans and inadvertently made the mayor and the entire city council resign after his performance. City officials arranged a free concert in Venice's historic Piazza San Marco that would be televised in more than 12 countries. The council justified this by saying that Venice "should be open to new trends, including rock music". The news was met with enthusiasm by many, but also met with anger by many Venetians. Many old Venetians wanted to ban concerts. He realized that it would be a nightmare that would potentially destroy the ancient facades and monuments. Also, it would destroy the cultural integrity of the event that was planned around the same time as the concert, Redinator (The Redeemer Festival). "Historic centers should not be used for exhibits that are inconsistent with their historical nature," Augusto Salvadori, Venice's former commissioner for tourism, told the New York Times. "If they want the Rock, let them do it in the football stadium, but not in Piazza San Marco."