Recently, Public Policy Polling sought to discover just how low the public’s opinion of Congress had fallen, testing the popularity of the U.S. Congress against twenty-six different, typically unpopular things. We all know that the American people have a less-than-favorable opinion of Congress (9% favorable and 85% unfavorable), but damn. The results weren’t pretty.
Here’s the outcome of PPP’s survey, in a handy illustrated form, from most to least popular thing:
When presented with a choice between Congress or Brussels sprouts, respondents gave a higher favorable rating to Brussels sprouts (69%) versus Congress (23%). [more]
Be sure to check out Meg’s full list, which is freaking awesome.
Don’t open this at work. But if you sincerely feel your time has come, here’s Goatse. I recommend exercising similar caution in following the links throughout this article.An aside in Gawker writer Adrian Chen’s possible masterwork, “Finding Goatse: The Mystery Man Behind the Most Disturbing Internet Meme in History.” Don’t click the links unless you dare. (Except for the one that leads to the story.) Not safe for work.
It took them a couple of months, but The Muppets have formally responded to Fox Business’ claims that they were brainwashing kids into hating big oil companies. (Which, mind you, they later apologized for.) Kermit’s take? "And besides, if we have a problem with oil companies, why would we have spent the entire film driving around in a gas-guzzling Rolls Royce?"
Alec Baldwin apologizes to himself (in character) on “SNL”: This is a brilliant response on the part of Baldwin to the whole American Airlines/Words With Friends incident earlier this week. Actual quote from Baldwin, playing an American Airlines pilot: “Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure, and I am ashamed at the way he was treated.” Magic.
There are certainly some folks who feel really offended by the attempt to kind of use this very real, very living movement, this economic justice movement that’s making real change for working families in this country, to use it in some kind of story line in this dramatic cop show. There are probably other folks among us who think it’s just a fun excuse to get together and share in public.Occupy Wall Street press team member Ian Shan • Explaining why Occupy protesters raided the filming of a Zuccotti Park-themed “Law & Order: SVU” episode late last night. The actual Occupy protesters heard about the protest and decided to stage a “mockupy” protest at the event, which sounds like an amazing idea. And much like a real Occupy protest, police cleared out the scene around 1 a.m. last night. This sounds like the most amazing idea, ever — hopefully most did it with a sense of humor instead of malicious intent. source (via • follow)
Having spent much of Sunday surfing the web for Occupy Wall Street t-shirts and mugs for a birthday gift for my father—a lifelong champion of the 99%—my first thought was that I wish I had known about the fleeces, it would have made a much nicer gift. But then I looked a little more closely and saw that it wasn’t an Occupy fleece, but one that read “OWS Capital Management.” A few passengers looked at me when I laughed out loud.Meet the hedge fund with the unluckiest name: OWS - The Term Sheet: Fortune’s deals blog Term Sheet (via felixsalmon)