Gah, we’re sorry to keep doing this to you, our faithful readers, but there’s another event tonight Oct. 28 that you’re not gonna want to miss. Elizabeth Warren (yes, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, seen above with Speaker Nancy Pelosi) will be speaking tonight at MLK in the Pauley Ballroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are free and can be picked up in the lobby starting at 7 p.m.

The speech, entitled “Main Street First: Fixing Broken Markets and Rebuilding the Middle Class” is sure to be a doozy. This is the same Elizabeth Warren who zinged Geithner in a congressional hearing. This is the same Elizabeth Warren who’s a professor and a guest on “The Daily Show.” She’s sure to have something interesting to say, and she’ll explain it in terms that regular, non-economic-major folks can understand.

After all, she’s what we need-o.

Image source: Speaker Pelosi under Creative Commons
Lecture: Elizabeth Warren [UC Berkeley Events Calendar]

3417023903_e0d4a9e612 Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor and professor of public policy extraordinaire, is clearly jonesing for another prestigious title: the king of comedy. Yes, you read that correctly. Reich gave a talk in Chicago at Northwestern’s law school about the economy and miracle of miracles, he managed to keep it light.

While acknowledging the soaring unemployment (which hit 10.2 percent by some estimates on that same Friday), he kept it breezy. Case in point: “‘As you can see, the economy has worn me down. A year and a half ago, I was 6-foot-2.’”

This barrel of laughs wasn’t just jokey, either—he was informative. Reich had time between guffaws to advocate his own ideas for economy fixing: a single-payer healthcare system and a new government jobs program.

He also clearly wants his own sitcom, with lines like these: “‘An economist is somebody who didn’t have the personality to become an accountant.’” Oh, snap. He added: “‘How many people did I just insult?’”

No worries, Reich. We like our grim economic news with a little sugar. We only wish your badassery would extend to other economists. Especially those wet blankets over at the Federal Reserve.

Image source: Policy Network under Creative Commons
Reich lightens up [Chicago Tribune]



As if venturing out of Berkeley’s academic bubble and into the real world wasn’t terrifying enough already, graduating seniors are in for an especially limp, possibly sweaty economic handshake these days. And they’re scared. While wwoofing

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is always a good option for the hippie escapist, UC Berkeley offers a range of other suggestions and strategies for seniors who intend to bite the bullet. Here’s what the Career Center has got to offer: read more »


We’ve been combing the intertubes all day to bring you some of the funniest (if not the most convincing) gags that have been circulating on this pointless holiday of all pointless holidays. Enjoy ‘em while you can. read more »

img00308In case you were wondering what kind of stoned sucker would pay the same price for a bowl of cereal that they’d pay for a whole box, or why anyone would want a “cereal sandwich” composed of peanut butter, cereal, banana and granola, then you’re not alone, because apparently everyone else was wondering the same thing



Besides the obvious turnoffs–exorbitant prices for unappetizing menu selections, we suspect that the underwhelming atmosphere (cardboard cutouts of cereal mascots, no music, IKEA furniture), the surprisingly complex menu (that was also pretty tackily printed), the lack of seating and the fact that the place also serves salad (we don’t want to think about lettuce when we’re chowing down on our whipped cream and strawberry-covered Fruity Pebbles, thank you) may have also been the source of its inevitable downfall. read more »


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And now, for our latest installment of “Things Caused by the Sucky Economy that Suck,” we present to you “A Bunch of Things that BART Officials are Thinking of Doing to Lose Less Money and Consequently Make BART Suck a Little More than it Already Does”: read more »

With the UC Board of Regents threatening to cut enrollment without more funding from the state and a recent phenomenon of beginning sentences with “With the economy as it is … ” it seems that Berkeley thinks it’s finally time to tell us what everybody already knows: the economy is failing, nobody has any money and we’re all screwed. Surprise!

Looming state budget shortfalls, declining endowments and tuition increases, oh my! Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a symposium will be held this Tuesday to discuss the economic fate of the UC system and do what Berkeley does best: hold open forums for discourse on important controversial topics. Hopefully, though, this one will actually help solve the problem and not just provide a safe space for letting off steam. read more »

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth.

Zut alors! Even the French are feeling the sting of the declining economy and slim trans-Atlantic wallets. With an average of two cafes closing everyday, France shows that the U.S. isn’t the only one sweating finances.

Want more numbers? In 1960, France teemed with 200,000 cafes. Compare that to today’s less-than 41,500–and diminishing. Merde, indeed.

Small businesses are suffering, but the shrinking numbers also show a culture at risk. What is the Frenchman without his beret, baguette, cafe and cigarette? (Oh, and wine and cheese and an official Federation of Cafes, Brasseries and Discotheques.) Not much, apparently:
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