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Zombies from the 1960s, Foreclosures, Shrinking Local Government

April 22, 2013

As recently mentioned, there seems to be a lull in direct zombie metaphors in the news. Maybe it’s because we’ve reached an end of ends (fiscal cliff, taxmaggeddon, mayan long calendar, sequester, all past) and maybe we are moving on.

Or maybe because it’s just April, we’re past Easter and early spring is not the seasonal time for zombies (last year there was a summer peak because of the bath salts propaganda in Florida but typically they are an typically strong October trend). There was the zombie congress and “zombie economy” but for now, we seem to be sliding zombie toward other topics; zombie education remains highly relevant with high stakes test prep (a May-June topic leading into zombie dads and grads).

Still we can perhaps expect some rise in zombie usage to coincide with Brad Pitt‘s WWZ movie and that is consistent with the google trend forecast:

zombie trend google

Note an overall upward trend with strong peaks every in October, still how long can an upward trend continue? How much value does the zombie meme have?

Meanhwile Chicago Tribune picked up the RealtyTrac zombie foreclosure story – “Zombie foreclosure statistics scary” by Mary Umberger including an edited interview of RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist:

The housing crisis has been successfully contained, but I don’t think we’re seeing a recovery that’s robust and fundamentally sound.

Note also how that headline also implies connection of zombies to statistics because numbers are scary. How do we even know what is fundamentally sounds? And recall zombie math and Drunk Nate Silver). — Numbers are scary because they are so persuasive and yet so prone to dumb mistake and misunderstanding. But who cares what they mean, they’re provocative!

In another unrelated zombie interview this weekend, NPR: “Interview: The Zombies Remember Their Odyssey” by Bob Boilen:

It’s remarkable to still have with us. And rather unimaginable, really. They first broke up in 1968, just before their seminal second album, Odessey and Oracle, was released. They never really sold any records in back home in England, but in 1964 and ’65, they had two hits in the U.S. with “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” A third hit, “Time of the Season,” made it to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969, well after the band was broke and disbanded.

Recall this band, The Zombies, was previously mentioned by ZombieLaw in regards to last year’s Father’s day; who’s your daddy zombies.

And meanwhile ScotMan: “ Portobello Community Council numbers to be cut ” By John-Paul Holden:

Portobello Community Council is set to be slashed in size amid claims it is being led by “out of touch zombies”. The council currently has 15 elected and 15 nominated members representing the large number of local groups in the area. Now city chiefs are looking at whether this should be cut to 14 elected and seven nominated members

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