Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Finance, News, and Trivial Knowledge

So it’s the middle of the week—what’s up with you?

Have you been following this Occupy _____ movement? I can’t decide how I feel about it. On the one hand, hurray for citizens trying to enact positive change; on the other, since there seem to be no specific goals and no one’s really doing anything but camping out, it seems kind of like a waste of time…? Like when hippies used to hand out flowers to people and say “make love, not war.” Also, was that ever even a thing or is that just something we got from movies?

Related: the other night JP and I watched Too Big to Fail, the HBO Movie based on the bestselling book about the 2008 Wall Street financial collapse. Sounds super interesting, I know, but it was actually really great—very dramatic and thought provoking. One thing I didn’t know: A British company was going to step and buy Lehman Brothers to save everything from falling apart, but the British Fed stepped in and stopped it saying (in the movie), “we don’t want to import your cancer.” Way harsh, Brits. But also, I don’t blame them…?

Semi-related: During my runs, I’ve started listening to the (free) podcasts put out by Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class. They run only about 20 minutes, but they are so interesting! And I always learn new things, e.g. Did you know that William Moulton Marston, creator of the early technology that led to the contemporary polygraph machine, also created the comic book character Wonder Woman whose signature weapon is her “magical lasso of truth?” Fun fact! You should check out these podcasts. They are great.

Seriously, though, what are you reading/watching/feeling ambivalent about these days?

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