Friday, October 14, 2011

Videos to Show This and That

One of the forthcoming critiques about this "occupation" movement is that (aside from the fact that it has no clear goals yet) all of its complaints are so doctrinaire, exhausting and impenetrable. Inevitable really, since social and economic problems are so complex that problem-solving requires a certain amount of digging backwards.

So with all that as a throat-clearing -- here are some videos that we've really enjoyed:

[Don't worry, the magic marker stops squeaking very early]

The Comet is undecided on the Fed existentially, but it strikes us that we should all agree Greenspan was a disaster.

Obviously these cartoons are leading and glib, but they're also decently illustrative.

Finally, the reliably over-the-top dramatic Anonymous:

"We are dirty. Oh, yes. Unamerican. Stupid."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Developing story...

Dear BONY Mellon -

We must complement you. You have a lovely building there, with lovely and thoughtful signage. Not to mention the art.

You have a golden opportunity here:

Protesters have selected Mellon Green -- a Grant Street parklet located conveniently near One Mellon Center, and the US Steel/UPMC building -- as the site for their encampment. As a political statement, it's an ideal location: Grant Street is the heart of the city's political and corporate establishment. But the site is owned by Bank of New York Mellon itself.

And Mellon, ultimately, will decide whether the protesters are allowed to stay or not. (Pgh. City Paper Slag Heap, Chris Potter)

Because Bank of New York Mellon supports people trying to make their dreams come true -- and because you are enthusiastic about constitutionally enshrined values and civil discourse -- you can let these charming folks camp on your lawn for a few days at least. A week! As long as the demonstrators retain decorum of course.

And then, you can say, "Well, for goodness sakes, it's time we keep the place well taken-care of, mind the landscaping, and no longer unduly burden our neighbors! Sorry, out." By then, some of those demonstrators will desperately be missing a night at home sleeping.

Meanwhile, it's a beautiful postcard. The grove, the flowers, the fountain, the colorful people -- it would make a lovely picture. Moving picture, what have you. Lots of exposure.

Think about it.


UPDATE: And we have an accord! (Trib, Bill Vidonic)


Sunday, October 9, 2011

We've Heard, Competition is Good

Better deals... quicker results... more varied architecture... more desperate businesspeople.

"The bottom line is that we're in the middle of a very successful development here, and I don't know why anybody would want to change developers at this point," [Art Rooney II] said. (P-G, Jon Schmitz)

Really, he doesn't see it?
(Image: Inside Sports)