THE MORNING LOOP: 11.22.11
Rhianna Banned in France x Occupy Wall Streets Refuses to Pay Student Loans x 4 Degrees of Separation
Occupy protestors have decided to focus their campaign on student debt, which has spiraled out of control, topping $1 trillion this year during a time when unemployment for people under the age of 24 is at its highest since the 1970s. So Occupy is proposing a “debt refusal pledge,” taken by protestors saying “As members of the most indebted generations in history, we pledge to stop making student loan payments after one million of us have signed this pledge.” It should be noted that some members of the Loop 21 staff have already been practicing this pledge since graduating from college 10 years ago. We fully support the pledge, which states that the federal government should cover tuition at all public universities, all student loans should be interest free and that current student debt loads should be written off.
According to scientists at Facebook—yes, Facebook has scientists on staff—and scientists at the University of Milan—yes, Milan has scientists—there are not six degrees of separation between any two people. These scientists have found that there are actually 4.74 degrees. Using 721 million Facebook users, scientists took a month to come up with the new formula. In the United States, where most of those users come from, there are 4.37 degrees of separation between any two people. The social scientists have found that a new generation of Internet commerce allows for the marketing of products and also to identify “networks of insurgents.”
A pregnant woman who took part in Occupy Seattle protests says that she has now miscarried after being pepper sprayed by police. She claims after the spraying, her eyes puffed, started getting cramps and feeling nauseous. Internet commenters aren’t showing much sympathy though, saying a pregnant woman had no business being in that type of environment to begin with.
A new study says that people who don’t even watch the news are probably better informed than people who watch Fox News. This study comes a year after another study showed that Fox News viewers were more likely to believe false information about politics.
Regis Philbin's LIVE! farewell didn't only bring in big name celebs paying their respects but also big rating numbers. The star studded audience included Donald Trump, Diane Sawyer, Meredith Viera and Kathie Lee Gifford, who was spotted walking around with a box of tissues. Still, the 80-year-old host didn’t break down saying, “Cry!? No, do I look like I’m crying!?” His finale performance also scored big ratings for the show with a 7.3 household rating with 23% of homes tuned into Live!, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Rihanna’s crazy, colorful and seemingly drug induced video “We Found Love” was apparently too racy for France because the country banned the pop star’s video. Officials at the Supreme Audiovisual Council of France banned the video from airing before 10 p.m. and said that Rih Rih’s video promoted “self-destructive” behavior. In the video, Rihanna is seen smoking, shoplifting and engaging in racy sexual activities.