ALT CLT Meets Occupy Charlotte

Last fall, ALT CLT spent a couple of days with Occupy Charlotte exploring the site on Trade Street, sitting in on meetings, and chatting with Occupiers about their hopes for the movement, community involvement, and politics at local and national levels. This video, featuring commentary from Kelly Williams, James Lee Walker II, and other Occupy residents presents an overview of Occupy Charlotte and its advocates.

One of the ongoing issues in reporting on and negotiating with the Occupy movement is that standard rules of play don’t apply. By definition, there is no governing body, no leader (beyond rotating facilitators), and no official charter. In a climate that runs on outrage and black-and-white politics, the anti-structure and grayscale that define Occupy Wall Street – and Occupy Charlotte – seem to be difficult for much of the 99% to understand.

The nebulous nature of the movement may be its biggest strength, however: it’s much more difficult to defeat an idea than a group of individuals. But it also complicates the group’s ability to denounce the actions of rogue members who do something like, say, burning an American flag (as occurred at the Occupy Charlotte site last week). Today, the Occupy movement is beginning to see a small rift: nine former Occupy Charlotte members are splintering to found a new movement, People’s Coalition of the Carolinas.

The People’s Coalition and Occupy Charlotte could prove to be a complementary pair – People’s Coalition will take a web-only approach, while Occupy Charlotte will continue to inhabit their Trade Street site.

For more information on Occupy Charlotte, check out Rhiannon Fionn’s excellent coverage of the movement at the CLog.

To Help You Get All Weepy Over Your Last Bowl of 2011 Cheerios

Aw, we love this. And we also kind of hate that we love it. Is this video of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt not the cutest thing you’ve ever laid your eyes on?

And is it not also super weird and awesome that Joseph Gordon Levitt’s apartment looks like, um, my apartment? And probably yours? I’m assuming that it’s not Zooey’s house. There is not nearly enough ironic crochet or birds-on-things for it to be hers.

Happy New Year’s!

The Wearable Occupation

The folks we’ve visited at Occupy Charlotte haven’t yet had to deal with police brutality or serious arrests. Unlike protesters in Melbourne, Australia, they also have not been breaking the law by camping in public. Check out this video from Occupy Melbourne that offers one creative solution to camping laws: wearing tents as clothing.

And in the spirit of the holidays, this young woman has taken the pepper-spraying cop meme to a whole new level:

What, it’s like a condiment or something, isn’t it?

Image via Copyranter

Do Try This at Home: Etch Your Friends a Pint Glass

Broke craftsters! If you’re looking for an adorable DIY gift for the beer drinkers in your life, check out this video on how to etch a pint glass. Though we recommend not consuming a separate pint at the same time, unless you want Frosty to look a little more like a Melty.

For the less-than crafty, Studio K is holding a Handmade Holidays sale this Friday beginning at 6pm. Enjoy the handmade goodness without risking injury to yourself or others!

For Those Confined to the Bed, Behold: B-Movie Saturday

Good morning, ALTiens. Recovering from a Jell-O Shot hangover? (Damn you, Jell-O shots!) Did the neighbor’s punk-ass kid and his friends roll your tree again? Have you resorted to eating Dots and multi-colored Tootsie Rolls? Stop right there. Too far.

Let ALT CLT ease the pain with this collection of horror B-movies.

Criminally Insane II: Crazy Fat Ethel

As you ponder the regrettable things you may have done last night, remind yourself: It could be worse. I could be getting murdered over a pretzel. Or you could have ketchup for blood, which mostly sounds salty and uncomfortable.

Dead Alive

Party’s over: This is what it looks like when you take a running lawnmower to a crowd of zombies. And then you do it again. In case you were wondering. It mostly looks really slippery.

I Drink Your Blood

…and I eat your skin. Don’t eat those pies! They’re filled with rabies!

Death Nurse

Scalpel. Sponge. Scalpel. Scalpel. Nurse Motley, could you blot my forehead some more? All of this stabbing is making me sweaty. Wait a second, Nurse Motley — Ethel, is that you? Plus: a guy eating ice cream for like, an hour.

Math + Cats + Bob Sebroski = Best Backyard Ever

Filmmaker Stew Cantrell tours us through what’s come to be known as the “Math House,” a hand-built mathematical wonderland in the backyard of Bob Sebroski.