I just finished watching the annual "Punkin Chunkin'" competition on the Discovery Channel. Punkin Chunkin is a competition in which teams of people compete to see how far they can fling a pumpkin using a variety of mechanical devices. It's a fun contest to watch, and even if you're not into it, it's impressive to see how far these teams can fling a pumpkin. This year's record throw was more than 4,000 feet...that's almost one mile.
Meanwhile, the "Occupy" movement has decided to descend on major retailers (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) tomorrow, on "Black Friday", when all the retailers are having their sales in order to draw in the holiday shoppers.
Here's why I bring this up:
The Punkin Chunkin' contest is a big fun event that draws lots of people. The "chunkers" spend their own money and time building their rigs, entering, and competing. There are, of course, entry fees for the chunkers as well as an entry price for the audience, and merchandise sales. Part of the proceeds from the Punkin Chunkin' goes to charities such as the Autism Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Worthy causes are being helped by a bunch of people out having fun and providing entertainment for the crowds.
And what about the Occupy movement? So far, the Occupy movement protests have COST Americans approximately $13 million during its first two months, with the heaviest financial burden on the law enforcement agencies. The harsher the clashes between protestors and police, the steeper the costs.