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benandjerrysoccupyFor those about to rock-upy, Ben & Jerry salute you!

Although they haven't introduced a new flavor of ice cream ... yet, the Ben & Jerry's corporation is among the first of high-profile businesses to support the "99 percent" currently occupying Wall Street and beyond. Underneath a cartoon of a cow holding a protest sign reading "occupy," the company statement said that "compelled by our personal convictions and our company's mission and values, [we] wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity." They go on to list reasons for support, issues they care about, and 11 examples of their history of activism. Could that new frozen flavor be in the works? Revolution Road, perhaps? (Vegan) Solidarity Sorbet? Mocha-Occupation Crunch? Read more HERE.

Christian Halloween Alternative: Jesusween

That's right, the latest "Christ in culture" is an attempt by various church groups to turn Halloween into an evangelizing opportunity called Jesusween. According to its mission statement, "God inspired us to encourage Christians to use [Halloween] as an opportunity to spread the gospel. The days of hiding are over and we choose to take a stand for Jesus." But if you'd still like to pass out treats, consider using Harvest Seeds.

And then they came for Grover: #Occupysesamestreet

"Occupy Wall Street is a major movement both on the streets and on the web, but it isn't getting the media attention it deserves. Why? Because it doesn't resonate with kids. Kids drive the market and therefore the media, but they have absolutely no interest in seeing politically-charged 20-somethings sprayed in the face with mace (probably)," says Tauntr. See pictures of Muppet arrests during their civil disobedience demonstrations HERE.OccupySesameSt

Michelle Obama aims to set jumping jack record

Along with the help of hundreds of school children in Washington D.C., tomorrow the first lady hopes to set a new Guinness World Record for most people jumping jacks in a 24-hour time frame. Taking place on the White House south lawn, Mrs. Obama and "Let's Move!" will lead 20,000 children in the exercise. Read more HERE.


Golfer wins "body weight in ham" at Madrid Masters tournament

This weekend at the Madrid Masters tournament, Scottish golfer Elliot Saltman shot a hole-in-one, earning himself a prize of his body weight in ham. Presumably there wasn't enough haggis on hand to fill the order. Saltman told ESPN, "I've been trying to lose weight, but now I'm thinking I should have just kept it." Read more HERE.

Fox News Unaired #Occupywallstreet interview

In this unaired interview, a Fox News reporter tells a Wall Street protester, "I'll give you fair coverage and I'm not going to be biased about it." Listen to him talk about the start of the movement, and the roles that the government and conservative news media play in issues of social justice:

Steve Jobs memorialized in MacBook parts

Using spare components of the Macbook Pro, an artist has created a vision of the artist using his own medium--electronics.Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Video game explores U.S. poverty

While poverty rates are increasing nationwide, many still don't know what that experience is like. If you're one of these 250 million, or even if you're not, a new video game Spent, provides a virtual look. From a report on Fast Company, "Spent casts players as a newly unemployed, middle-class worker searching for a job after the Great Recession. You face the next month with only $1,000 in the bank. When the financial math doesn't add up, players face gut-wrenching decisions: do I pay for health care, or the rent? Fill up on gasoline or take your pet to the vet? Players must ask their friends though Facebook to borrow money in a crunch to see what's it like to ask." Learn more HERE.

Feist wows with Metals

Last week, Leslie Feist released her new album Metals, an incredibly strong follow-up to her 2007 sophomore effort, The Reminder. Watch her perform the single "How Come You Never Go There" on Letterman below:

Columbus Day

We don't support the actions that Columbus Day traditionally celebrates, but we do encourage you to mark the day with creative greeting cards with messages such as:

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Joshua Witchger is an online editorial assistant for Sojourners.

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