Protest days are excellent  — lectures are canceled (shout-out to Letters and Sciences!), the atmosphere is charged with collective activist spirit, and Cal goes aboutDSC02460 doing what Cal does best.

Today’s Occupy Cal, Day of Action or whatever you wish to call it, was enormous in terms of turnout. But how does this campus consistently have widely-viewed protests week after week? What is it that we do? For those cities and campuses around the country hoping to host a large-scale protest consisting of the 99 percent, here are a few key things to do on protest day:

Step 1: Begin with picket lines and catchy phrases. People with signs walking around in a circle and blocking traffic tends to attract attention. Catch-phrases from today’s protest included: read more »

409512186_f392b6a872Bad news bears for Bank of America customers. You know that obnoxious function of their ATMs that eats your card for the full duration of a transaction — as opposed to Chase’s infinitely superior method of the quick ‘n’ easy swipe?

Consider it the ultimate test of your attentiveness, as there be thieves on the prowl. Berkeley police cite 23 different incidents over the last year in which unsuspecting denizens have forgotten their cards in the machines and been immediately victimized by scammers who hang around waiting for just such instances of tragic neglect.

The bank’s recourse thus far has seemingly been limited to raising the volume on the screaming beepy noise that translates to “grab your card already, dagnabbit!” Super annoying, yes, but effective? You’d think so, but people are dumb. Constant vigilance!

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Bank of America ATMs in Berkeley Targeted by Thieves [abc7]