Zombie Current Events 7/27/12July 27th, 2012 |
Well folks, we are another week closer to the end of the world as we know it. I feel fine. Evidently so does the rest of the world too. I mean sure people are selling $24,000 zombie survival kits, but hey other than that we can say that the week was relatively blander than the last few we have had. No zombie related deaths were reported so for the time being they have either stopped or the news media is just tired of reporting on them. Turns out when the reason for people eating each other up like soup sandwiches is nothing more than a mental illness, it’s not as exciting.
Any who. Our top story of last week goes to some crazy college kid protesters in California. The University of California got a surprise last week when what was supposed to be a typical Board of Regents meeting was interrupted by a staged protest from students of the school. For over 15 minutes protesters dressed up as zombies stormed the meeting and made their voices heard when they interrupted the public comment session that was taking place. The UC faces a fee hike of 20 percent if California does not pass a increase of income tax in the state, which would generate money going toward the college. The problem is that if the income tax increase isn’t passed UC looses $250 million. It seems like a loose, loose situation, but the students feel like the debt they are incurring to go to school is way to high as it is. Matt Wade, a doctoral student, is quoted as saying “We’re dressed like zombies because the debt is killing us,”
The protesters thought they might have a better shot of getting their voices heard if they dressed up. They even went as far as doing an abridged Thriller dance for the members at the meeting to draw attention to their cause. Sydney Rock, a senior at the UC explained, “If you’re standing in that room looking at the regents, they don’t pay attention to us. They have these blank stares. Dressing up makes it a little more fun and gets us publicity.” I’ll at least say that that’s a good point. The student’s were somewhat successful at least, the rate hike was frozen pending the outcome of the vote for the income tax increase.
Mexico may be one of the most hardcore zombie countries of the world. Not politically, I’m talking about the zombie fans. They busted onto the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records when in 2011 they had a whopping 9,803 zombies participate in there organized zombie walk in Mexico city, and from there it seems like the zombie plague just spread. It is reported that Zombie Walk Mexico now has one or two events every month with large number of attendees at all of their events. Everything from parties, to zombie walks, to movie screenings, and other games and promotions are used to fuel the zombie fervor in Mexico. Hey Deadministrator! Is our comic available in Spanish yet? What’s the hold up? ¡Ándele! ¡Ándele!
I would like to think that I don’t need to put down almost a year’s worth of salary just to become prepared for our impending doom. Well, ok, at least not all at one time. But I guess when the going gets tough and you need those supplies all in one convenient package you can always count on Z.E.R.O. I’ve got to admit, when I looked at the list of swag you get for your hard earned cash, I was impressed. Some things however I’m not sure why you would need. A microscope? Beakers and pipettes? Get real. Can I skip these for a cheaper package please? In fact, you can get cheaper stuff all around that does all the same stuff. And the kit includes no food or weapons beyond knifes. But some people are being overly critical this gimmick to create attention. People please realize that a company who puts together a set like this isn’t looking to make money off of it. If it miraculously sold a bunch of sets like this, then I’m sure they would be thrilled, but very surprised. They put this together as a gimmick to get people to come to their website. The YouTube video is purposefully hokey. And did you even check the “Check availability” link? It promises to ship before the Zombie Apocalypse. Really, I just want the Battle Mug.
That’s all for the zombie news of the week. Don’t forget that if you find a zombie current event you would like to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Dead Future on Facebook and Google +. You can also follow me on Twitter and Google +.
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