Thursday, October 6, 2011

55 - #OccupyThisStreet


ten trillion butts kissed,
inhaled then flicked, nine percent
of Americans admit piercings
below their hips, three(.)four
million blog posts hit the net,
thirty-five thousand four hund-
red people died of hunger

today,
that is

life by the numbers

stocks up or down,
i dunno, just whats
at stake, 2morrow.

writings on the wall
#OccupyThisStreet

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see the G(man).

85 comments:

Claudia said...

thirty-five thousand four hund-
red people died of hunger..i didn't think it is so many...now that's the good thing with numbers..it gives us an idea of how hard we should work to get these numbers down..

Claudia said...

am i really first...? maybe there's a powercut or thunderstorm or the aliens invaded america...?

Heather said...

yikes - i am not into piercings - especially below the waist...(ouch)and YES, hunger is a huge problem in this country. i like the way you wrote this. :)

David Allen Waters said...

hey, how did you know about my piercing? LOL

this is a powerful piece man, how do you do so much with such few words....amazing

Daniel said...

Kind scary stuff here, but the funny thing about numbers is that they can play to almost any angle to support any argument one wishes. So, I would say that they are both powerful and dangerous at the same time.

The Cello Strings said...

it seems like the work of a broken or a real mathematician,

very impressive 55 with numbers and humor involved.

what a authentic treat.

kaykuala said...

Brian,
When it comes to numbers it can be either way, a lot of info or just sterile indications. If it is info, as what you had given, then we can well feel concerned. We can read a lot into it! Thanks for the info!

Hank

The Cello Strings said...

I mean "The Work of a broker",

I am lost in this, sorry for the typo in previous comment.

ipenka said...

Might be just due to the word limit but I really liked the way you used symbols and numbers (2morrow) in words.

Added a nice touch.

Tara Miller said...

I think you've really opened our eyes with some of these numbers. Motivation to get them down and remember that these numbers of hungry people are not JUST NUMBERS but real people, a real face behind them. And really, that many people with piercings?!? ugh!

Tabor said...

Statistics don't lie I guess, they just tell different stories.

Elaine said...

You got my number Brian. Brilliant!(Hopefully I'll pen a 55 too!)

Teri said...

Wow.

Friko said...

I hate numbers, they never have anything good to say.

Little Ms Blogger said...

I know 1 in 5 children go hungry - that's my statistic.

Pat Hatt said...

Yes there are tons of numbers showing such awful stats
But they keep going up and up like breeding rats
There is the old excuse that it's so big no one can comprehend
But then using that nothing will mend
Piercings you can keep
I'll never take that leap..haha

Betsy said...

or 1 in 7 have autism...1 diagnosed every 20 minutes...

I have 5 piercings...all above..way above the hips, though. lol...

Pat said...

I'm not one of the 9%! If we only had a dollar for every butt that was kissed....we could feed the hungry!

Heaven said...

nice post Brian.. some numbers from where I am right now, are even depressing..... lots of poor people, beggars on the streets... i am having a culture shock.

hard to comment on the piercings when i can smell life and death, from where i am sitting (which is the hospital).

missed the OLN last Tues as my timezone is upside down...hope to join in the D'Verse crowd later ~

Monkey Man said...

Greed.

Sue said...

You make every word count here. Nice job, Brian.

=)

izzy said...

Have to say I didn't think in terms of numbers attached to hunger in this country-certainly is appalling
and needs to be addressed; thanks.

happygirl said...

I've thought long about this 55 and wondered if the 99% really know what's at stake. As they take their occupation vacation and sleep in the street until the novelty brings them back to mom and dad's. They'll smoke their 100 cigarettes and rage at the machine that paid for their 4 years of education and is waiting for their payback. Will they pay or walk away? 152 million blogs wait for the internet generation to tell them what to think. RIP Steve Jobs.

hedgewitch said...

Bang that drum, bri--we all need to hear it and think about it and just possibly, eventually, DO something about it. As always, you never fail to amaze me at what you can do with just 55. And thanks for all your kind words this morning at my place.

Deidra said...

I heard today that the data doesn't lie. It doesn't.

The whole Occupy Wall Street movement is fascinating to me. I like your hashtag post here. And the statement it makes. Here's to the 99. :)

Lolamouse said...

Nicely done. Some powerful numbers, although I could have done without knowing about the piercings ;)

Fred said...

Very nice, data usage is very nice touch- and sentiment is real, especially in this day. Thanks Brian

Mary said...

Brian, I like this. Numbers sometimes can be deceptive; and numbers can be generated to prove whatever one wants to prove.

Teresa said...

Those are some amazing statistics~dare I say food for thought.

G-Man said...

I've considered getting a 'Hood Ornament', but the guys at the Tatt Place just give me a blank stare.
Loved your 55 Son...
Have a Kick Ass Week-End

Daydreamertoo said...

Yep, the world is run on nothing else now but money!
Great 55!~!

rosaria said...

Yes, indeed.

Jinksy said...

Number crunching is always depressing...

Matthew said...

I know I always say this, but I really mean it this time: I *REALLY* enjoyed this. Really. Underlined, boldified AND italic'd to within an inch of its life..

Not that I was lying the other times but this one, this time..... really.

lori said...

You sure know how to come out swinging! Hoping all of us in the 99 can make a difference. I think anything might be possible if we don't back down. Amid the sludge of these times, thunder is a-rollin' in the distance. Maybe the rains can wash some of it away. Excellent 55 :)

CM said...

Free flow of thoughts, randomly leading one to another. Nice stream of consciousness with a conscious.

Ravenblack said...

Get the feeling that with all those numbers, it causes more numbing than action. It's amazingly silent despite so much being said according to those numbers. Numbers on an electronic board constantly change. And still one can be totally oblivious to whatever trends.

Margaret said...

Well, let's just keep raisin' taxes... because we know the Government will take all that money and feed and educate the poor with it...

You've got a clever brain, Brian.

Kikit said...

numbers don't lie indeed. some of those who die live in the world i know.

Katherine Krige said...

Your social commentary pieces are always so cutting and raw my friend. With 55 words you flip us all on our backsides again.

Sophia said...

Very powerful writing, Brian. Can't help but think of my younger brother who has been living on the street in CA For quite some time, and each day he has to find a place to sleep and something to eat. He may have made mistakes in the past but he has done right by them for over a year. I can't help but wonder how many people have crossed his path there and yet not one offers him and his wife a place to live?!

Keep up your great writings. Very inspiring.

missing moments said...

Love numbers and this post.

Christine said...

next year my son graduates high school, he was thinking of having a career as an actuary, he loves math, he even told his ol' Mom there is zero unemployment in this field, 0. Perhaps he can figure out how to feed the world with our overabundance of food on this side of the planet with all that number crunching he likes to do

She Writes said...

Is it true about the piercings? Sigh. Too much rides on the wall. Numbers will take a great fall. I fear nobody will put them together again :).

magiceye said...

the age of protests is here
it is time to bring all offenders to book!

Alice Audrey said...

All those numbers just go in one ear and out another after a while.

MorningAJ said...

Just another day, huh? I wonder how many other scary stats you could have found.

Excellent stuff, as usual.

Mijayami said...

Interesting array of statistics. I've considered becoming one of the 9 percent but so far I'm only working on adding to the 3.4 million blog posts. I should be working harder to decrease the 35,400... Great 55.

MomsJournal said...

ten trillion butts kissed and I missed out? Damn it I might as well throw away this lotto ticket. :P

anthonynorth said...

Numbers and reality just don't seem to be related, do they. One is just info, the other life.
Excellently done.

Just Be Real said...

I have never pierced a thing on my body. Not even my ears. Blessings to you Brian.

Valerie said...

I dislike statistics as much as I dislike body piercing.

Lorraine said...

you outdo yourself, and I thought that was impossible, I guess there's a lot to be said about numbers the world in balance 333/666

Anonymous said...

Life really is by numbers, isn't it? Numbers can be good but they can be oh so bad as well.
If you choose 6 numbers in a lottery & those 6 numbers come up ... you're living the high life on easy street but when you're one of those 35,400 people dying from hunger.. number means something very different in deed!! So much insight into this world of numbers in so very few numbers Brian... great emotive 55. Katherine (Your Australian friend) signing as anonymous because I have a gremlin in my system tonight and it won't let me sign from my account. :(

DJan said...

I am commenter #55 unless someone beats me to it, I got tired of reading so figured I'd just say I love your poem, it speaks to me about the inequities in the world today. Not just Wall Street, but it's a start. The factoid about piercings shocks me.

Josh Hoyt said...

Interesting how much numbers can tell us about life and our priorities.

Slamdunk said...

One strange silent supporters for the protesters are some entrepreneurs. Folks are tired of the Wall Streeters fleecing off of good ideas, adding nothing, but yet dictacting with so much power.

Mama Zen said...

Nice write, Brian. Very cool.

otin said...

Life by the numbers....a perfect theme for a post that uses exactly 55 words! lol

TechnoBabe said...

What is important after all. You hit the truth again.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

As Bob Seger once sang...
"I feel like a number."

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Numbers scare me ..... and yet I find myself counting.

my day in a sentence said...

This was awesome! :)

Laurie Kolp said...

Very creative... life by numbers is not my kind of life, though. Now words are a different story... = )

Jannie Funster said...

Wow, I had no idea there were that many blog posts a day. Stunning amount.

xo

joanna said...

55 words is all it takes for you to make a powerful statement, it seems. :) I like this pared-down poetry of yours... it speaks (unpleasant but undeniable) volumes. Bravo.

Ed Pilolla said...

writings on the wall. that should be repeated throughout the land. over and over. not many would pay attention, tho. that's not a knock on your work:) people are so terrified of simply speaking, to say nothing of taking action. it's not their fault, i guess. we were all scared at one point.
you work at a soup kitchen. aren't you amazed at how well some of the street people understand what's happening in the world and economy? when you are at the bottom of the food chain, i suppose you get a clear view.
great write, as usual.

ladyfi said...

Some of those figures are frightening.

Hilary said...

You certainly have a unique way of arranging your thoughts./

hope said...

Wow! That's a lot to take in.

libraryscene said...

Apt, informative 55!! Hunger numbers always anger me when we have to have a national campaign against obesity...something isn't rigth, just sayin' ~

Vicki Lane said...

Timely. . .

Laura said...

That last number really grabs the attention, Brian. Wow. Makes me wonder about blogging. What are we doing? What are we doing? This dance with beauty needs me to do more.

Sh@s said...

Ironically our lives are caught in numbers.

Lydia said...

Alarming figures but presented in such a unique way. I sure wish you had a share button 'cuz I'd put this on my Facebook page (many friends there would love it).

Have a great weekend!

ayala said...

Powerful, short, and to the point. Nicely done, Brian.

manicddaily said...

Hi Brian, I live right by the protest downtown. It is pretty interesting to watch. So many barricades! A crazy combo of 9/11 tourists and media trucks, police and more media trucks, and protesters, who themselves run the gamut.

Then of course, the financial district, people on subway, grabbing a smoke, firemen, normal street vendors (all those 9/11 postcard sales).

There is sort of a double load of police because they already had them there for 9/11 anniversary and opening of the memorial garden. There are really very large crowds still for that.

And helicopters! (I think that's for the protesters at this point.)

Pretty crazy.

K.

turtlememoir said...

whoa! that's 55 words?? - feels like 55 million! incredibly effective, the blank-line pause between "hunger" and "today" here:

thirty-five thousand four hund-
red people died of hunger

today,
that is

farmlady said...

Satistics change. The media uses them for their own purposes.
We live in numbers. We will die drowning in them
Not all deaths are from starvation.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

I always love your social and political commentary, Brian!

Morning said...

life is packed by calculations, mainly numbers.

awesome 55.

Morning said...

life is packed by calculations, mainly numbers.

awesome 55.

Kathe W. said...

yow! great post!

Myrna R. said...

Numbers don't lie. Reality is so visible in statistics.

Magpie said...

How you pack so much into so few words is beyond me.