Written by Bwog Staff
October 23, 201110:34 am 1 Comments
The original 99%er
Today, Tunisians will be heading to the polls for the first time since the ousting of Ben Ali, marking the first official election of the Arab Spring. Still, officials are worried of widespread reports of corruption could mar the election’s legitimacy. (Guardian, NYT)
Another day, another celebrity Occupies Wall Street. This time, it was Katy Perry and Russell Brand. They won’t be the last—it’s rumored the Dark Knight Rises will be filming scenes on Wall Street at the end of the month. (Gothamist, LA Times)
But for all the talk of the economic burdens of the 99%, sometimes we ignore the creative and often absurd ways the 1% have led themselves to financial ruin. Choice quote: “She does miss one luxury—the Gulfstream. After they defaulted on the $8 million jet loan, the banks seized the plane. The Siegels can use it only occasionally, with the banks’ permission.” A pity. (WSJ)
Warren Buffet isn’t the only one percent-er that’s against tax cuts for the rich: one wealthy Manhattan lawyer filed a lawsuit against a parking tax break he perceived as discriminating against the poor. He lost. (NYT)
Marx via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: arab spring, bwoglines, first world problems, occupy wall street, only the one percent could afford a car in manhattan anyways, rich people, tunisia
February 28, 20119:30 am 7 Comments
How's it hangin'?
Finding out who won last night’s Oscars is interesting and all, but ogling who crashed and burned is a blast. (USMagazine, E!, Fox)
In upstate New York a “Cold-War era plane with a dragon’s face painted on its nose” crashed into the Hudson. Bwog continues to remind you to neither swim in nor pilot your antiques into the Hudson. (NYTimes)
Scientists have discovered an “exotic superfluid” in the core of the collapsed star Cassiopia A. (Wired)
The interim prime minister of Tunisia Mohammed Ghannouchi has resigned under pressure from protestors. Meanwhile, the UN declared a humanitarian emergency as thousands of Libyan refuges seek refuge in Tunisia. (BBC, ABC, LATimes)
Fallen bridges via wikimedia.
Tags: bwoglines, I hope scientists discover more exotic superfluids, libya, oscars, tunisia
October 09, 20106:00 pm 7 Comments
Photo via Columbia
In our latest installment of professor interviews, Adam Kuerbitz talked camels–just camels!–with history professor Richard Bulliet, who you’ve definitely heard of and may have taken History of the Modern Middle East with. Read on to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about camel historiography (you know, good for cocktail parties). Also, Richard Bulliet likes to paint. If you’ve got a suggestion for a good professor interview, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When was the first time you ever rode a camel?
I’ve only ridden a camel once. I was in Tunisia in the south where I actually discovered some very important evidence for the history of camel use and somebody offered me a ride on a camel. So I got on and rode around for a while. Pretty boring. It’s just riding on a camel. It’s the getting up and getting down that is the exciting part. (more…)
Tags: camels, one-humped camels, professor interviews, richard bulliet, richard bulliet invented the wheel, tunisia, two-humped camels, university of saratov, volga river
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