Sad news, debit card fees, and debt crisis

The Greek debt crisis, Bank of America makes a mistake, and some sad news as GWAR guitarist Corey Smoot is found dead. This is your week in review.


Early, like super early, Monday morning Richmond police cleared the Occupy Richmond protestors out of Kanawha Plaza. Nine arrests were made, including Ian Graham, a photographer for RVAmag. The group is currently in the process of figuring out where to occupy next.


Remember that time Bank of America (and others) thought it’d be a swell and acceptable idea to pass on growing costs and shrinking revenue (mandated by the government) to their consumers in the form of debit card fees? Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. If you’re looking to switch to a local bank, you aren’t alone.


I spent many summer days, during my formative years, on a sail boat in the middle of the Swift Creek Reservoir–not that any of us actually knew how to sail. On Wednesday a 78-year-old man crashed his small plane into the reservoir and escaped without injury. My formative self’s mind would have been blown.

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Outside of Wall Street, Occupy Oakland might be the most active Occupy movement in the United States. A couple of weeks ago a violent episode between police and protestors drew national press and sparked an outpouring of local support. This week, 7,000 people marched (pictured above) to the Port of Oakland and effectively shut it down. This is a big port (fifth busiest in the US): over 200,000 containers moved through the port this September.


GWAR lead guitarist, Cory Smoot, was found dead Thursday morning. Dave Brockie, head of all things GWAR, sent MetalSucks this statement:

Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR’s current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans.

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God save the eurozone! Seriously, the eurozone is what they call the group of countries that use the Euro. Anyway, Greece! Some stuff is happening over there! The country is racked with debt and the rest of Europe is trying to figure out how best to fix the problem. There’s also a referendum involved, maybe? I dunno, it is complicated. Here read this explainer:

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Ross Catrow

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