The OWS (Occupy Wall Street) movement dominated the news, as several local governments, most notoriously the city of Oakland, began to oust the occupiers. We did a little soul searching and explored the fine line between the rights and responsibilities of protesters and those they oppose. OWS wants a fair distribution of wealth, and to make sure we understand how America’s wealth is determined, we shared a five-minute video that explains GDP calculation. (Does your box of Raisin Bran count? Your mortgage? Your movie ticket?)
Imagination played a large role in politics this week. On Monday we looked at what we wish President Obama would say on the re-election campaign trail. On the Republican side, Rick Perry pretended to know something about taxes, although he could not fake being worth a damn at debating. Recognizing the staleness of the debate format, we fantasized about an alternative contest moderated by Florence Henderson, where each candidate is handed a wailing infant to calm (President Obama showed off his baby handling skills this week in San Francisco). Lastly, from the world of imaginary politics, we published a fantasy letter to the wealthiest 1% of Americans from middle-class Republicans.
With Halloween just days away, we had to have some frights and scares. Experiencing four earthquakes in Northern California was a bit unnerving, while watching a video of the un-tattooing of ink-covered Zombie Boy was wicked cool. We also featured some phenomenal, albeit untraditional, pumpkin carvings. If you’re too cool for Halloween (I know I am), you might instead enjoy the chill jazz beats of upright bass player Ben Williams.
As always, thanks for reading.