The Most Popular Hand Signal at Occupy Wall Street

Oct 12, 2011
J. Webster
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Sure, at Occupy Wall Street, protesters are forced to use some complicated hand signals and tricky ways of getting their message across since they're not allowed to use mics, but there's one simple gesture that seems to be the most popular: the middle finger aimed at the financial elite. Yes, it's a very good gesture, since everyone understands it right away and there's no need for a megaphone. Image Source:

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When Will Apple Join the Dow?

Oct 12, 2011
J. Webster
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Yes, it's strange Apple isn't in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and so many other perhaps less relevant companies are. But now Apple's stock is too large for it to be included, if it were, it would throw off the average with any changes in the stock price. What could Apple do to change that and be added to the Dow? Well, they could split its stock but why would they do that?
Now that it’s the biggest company in America, you might think it would make sense for Apple to be added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. But it

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The Stock Market Is All About Expectations

Oct 12, 2011
J. Webster
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There was a very interesting piece in The Washington Post by Jia Lynn Yang the other day, 'Stock Market, Economic Growth Don’t Necessarily Follow the Same Track, Data Suggests.' In a way the article supports the concept that it doesn't really pay to chase stocks, you've to to buy them when they're hated and beaten down, when the economy is in the tank, not running rampant and growing like crazy. Sure, you can still make money buying stocks when the economy is in full swing, but the real money is made when you buy stocks at the low

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Ben & Jerry’s OccuPie Wall Street Ice Cream

Oct 12, 2011
J. Webster
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Will the Occupy Wall Street protesters get some free ice cream out of this? I hope so. However, maybe this Ben & Jerry ice cream isn't so sacrosanct for the protesters to eat. Ben & Jerry's, often thought of as an independent and progressive company is now a large part of a corporation. Back in 2000, Ben & Jerry's was acquired by the British-Dutch Unilever conglomerate for $326 million. Hat tip to LaughingSquid for the

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Octupi Wall Street

Oct 12, 2011
J. Webster
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I have a feeling these octopus figures would sell like hotcakes to those who support Occupy Wall Street. And the octopus has long represented the people's interests. Check out these octopus inspired comics centered around the theme of economic populism. Hat tip to The Reformed

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Roubini Says Double Dip Ahead

Oct 11, 2011
J. Webster
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"The question is not whether or if there is going to be a double dip, but whether it's going to be mild or severe with another financial crisis," Roubini, head of Roubini Global Economics, told CNBC on the sidelines of the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. "The answer on that depends on the euro

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Saturday Night Live: The Netflix Apology

Oct 11, 2011
J. Webster
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Here's a big reason why some traders are still SHORT shares of Netflix: they don't seem to know what the hell they're doing these days, as this Saturday Night Live skit demonstrates. The question though is how much lower can Netflix's stock go, it seems like every day it's hitting a new 52 week low, after reaching $300 a share just three months ago. Today the stock touched a new low of $103.13 a share. Many are saying the company will need to be rescued via a buyout by the likes of an Apple, Amazon, Dish Network or Comcast, at

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Funny or Die: Occupy What Street?

Oct 10, 2011
J. Webster
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Best line from a protester in the video: "I want to use the bathroom, where is it around here?" Finding a bathroom, as you can imagine, has become some what of problem for protesters during Occupy Wall Street. I don't know who the guy in the suit who works for the government was towards the end of the video. Oh yeah, a police horse pees in the video too - don't worry, you don't really see it. But I guess the horse couldn't find a proper bathroom to use either.

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Occupy Wall Street’s Hand Signals

Oct 10, 2011
J. Webster
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You've got to give the protesters a lot of credit, they're doing without a lot of things in their efforts to Occupy Wall Street: nice warm beds, a roof over their head, a clean bathroom of their own, and so on. And another thing their doing without or not allowed to use, is a microphone, and so their making up their own ways of communicating using hand signals and shouting back out what a speaker says in a call and response type of routine. CNN's Jeanne Moos tries to decipher all of their hand signals and other ways of

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Kanye West & Russell Simmons at Occupy Wall Street

Oct 10, 2011
J. Webster
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It's no big surprise when folks like Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins show up at Occupy Wall Street, but when Kanye West and Russel Simmons make an appearance, you kind of start to think this thing might turn into one big party. Don't think they stayed too long though. I'd give Kanye a lot of credit if he slept over night in the park with the protesters, but don't think that will happen. It becomes a fine line in a way, are celebrities or politicians supporting the protesters or using the growing media coverage for their own personal gains.

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