Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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STEVE JOBS TRIBUTE PERFECTION
You must have seen this by now – it’s all over the web:
This logo silhouette of Steve Jobs was created by a 19-year-old student in Hong Kong, Jonathan Mak, last August when Jobs stepped down as head of Apple. Mak resurrected it when Jobs died this week and it seems to have touched nearly everyone.
“‘Originally, I was going to put a black modified logo against a white background,’ said the bespectacled Mak who paid tribute to Jobs at Hong Kong’s Apple store.
“‘It just didn’t feel somber enough. I just wanted it to be a very quiet commemoration. It’s just this quiet realization that Apple is now missing a piece. It’s just kind of implying his absence.'”
You can read more here.
ONE OF THE REASONS FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET
From Bob Jellison’s Direct Ezine for Democrats this week, here is a reminder of the top five facts you should know about the wealthiest one percent of Americans:
- The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Owns 40 Percent Of The Nation’s Wealth
- The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Take Home 24 Percent Of National Income
- The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Own Half Of The Country’s Stocks, Bonds, And Mutual Funds
- The Top 1 Percent Of Americans Have Only 5 Percent Of The Nation’s Personal Debt
- The Top 1 Percent Are Taking In More Of The Nation’s Income Than At Any Other Time Since The 1920s
Details at ThinkProgress
BRAVE NEW FILMS ON OWS
After a shaky start three weeks ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking off all over the nation. Republicans, predictably, have dismissed it and Democrats – some, though not enough – are warily supporting it. As Paul Krugman wrote on Friday:
”…Democrats are being given what amounts to a second chance. The Obama administration squandered a lot of potential good will early on by adopting banker-friendly policies that failed to deliver economic recovery even as bankers repaid the favor by turning on the president.
“Now, however, Mr. Obama’s party has a chance for a do-over. All it has to do is take these protests as seriously as they deserve to be taken.”
Here is a demonstration overview from Brave New Films:
WALL STREET IRONY
Did you know that the Bill of Rights came into being in 1879 on Wall Street in New York City right across the street from where the New York Stock Exchange stands today? I didn’t.
As Thom Hartmann pointed out on his television show this week – well, let him tell the story. Here’s the video.
TGB FEATURED AT LOCAL PIGEON
On 1 October, Time Goes By was listed on a curious little website called LocalPigeon that each day of the week features a different blog – all of them on wildly different topics and styles and all interesting.
You can see more than just me here.
At a debate last week, a questioner noted that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown had posed nude for Cosmopolitan magazine years ago to help pay for law school and then asked Brown’s opponent, Elizabeth Warren, how she paid for her college education.
“Well,” responded Ms. Warren, “I didn’t take off my clothes.”
Nice little laugh line, but in a radio interview the next day, Brown shot back: “Thank god.”
Not a big deal, but what a jerk. You can read more here.
A COMMERCIAL AS GOOD AS A MOVIE
So there I was curled up with Ollie the cat on the bed reading a book with the TV droning at a low volume across the room so I wouldn’t miss – oh, who knows; some show I wanted to see that evening.
Suddenly, distracted by loud, upbeat music on the screen, I glanced over and was enchanted by an amazing video story. It turned out to be a commercial, longer that most – 90 seconds – that is stunning.
I had missed the first part, so I searched around YouTube and found it. Although there is no way to know until the last three or four seconds, it promotes Heineken beer and I am, apparently, the last one to appreciate it since it has collected nearly 9 million views at YouTube.
It is beautiful, sexy, glamorous in an updated, old-fashioned way and just wonderful. Take a look – it is titled, The Date.
SOCIAL SECURITY COLA ANNOUNCEMENT DUE ON 10/19
As anyone who is a Social Security beneficiary knows, there has not been a cost of living increase (COLA) since 2008. That’s because, supposedly, there has been no inflation since then. Uh-huh.
About ten days from now, on 19 October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will announce the official price index figures for September which will determine if there will an increase in the Social Security benefit for 2012. People who play around with such numbers are estimating that there will be an increase of 3.5 or 3.6 percent.
Not being one to count my chickens, etc., I’ll wait for the announcement. Do keep in mind that if there is an increase, the premium for Medicare Part B will be increased too. For most (but not all) beneficiaries, there is a “hold harmless” clause so that the premium increase is not allowed to reduce Social Security payments.
You can read more here and here and here.
TEENY, TINY WARM PUPPY
Almost every day, the naked capitalism blog includes among the mostly dismal political news, what is called the “antidote du jour” – always a cute animal photo or video. I look forward to it every morning and was delighted with this one.