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  • Keep Christmas Commercialized!

    12/06/2014 3:02:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 7 replies
    thedailybeast ^ | Dec. 6, 2014 | P. J. O’Rourke
    Christmas has been about excess since Jesus was in the manger. So why stop now? The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually. Knock it off. Christmas has been commercialized since year one of the “Current Era.” Blame it on the Three Kings. They started the gift-giving right in the manger. Casper, Melchior, and Balthazar “presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” And that’s the way it’s been ever since. In Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge has been visited by Marley’s ghost and undergoes a magnificent change of heart,...
  • The Rise of the Man-gagement Ring

    02/14/2014 12:50:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 14, 2014 | Samantha Zabell
    On a clear day in Laguna Niguel, California, Anthony Franco and Shawna Stewart stood together at the altar, surrounded by 40 family members and friends. It was a traditional ceremony: The two Colorado natives smiled in a sea of purple and white, Franco’s lilac tie matching the strapless dresses of Stewart’s five bridesmaids. Sunlight bounced off of the round brilliant-cut diamond on her left hand. But one small detail set their ceremony apart from others. When the time came to exchange wedding bands with one another, Franco was already wearing a ring.
  • In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians

    12/26/2013 11:36:57 AM PST · by DariusBane · 68 replies
    New York Times ^ | 25 December 2013 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    LOS ANGELES — In a city of seemingly endless highways — with its daily parade of car accidents, frustrating traffic jams and aggressive drivers — the Los Angeles Police Department these days is training its sights on a different road menace: jaywalkers. It is not quite “Dragnet,” but the Police Department in recent weeks has issued dozens of tickets to workers, shoppers and tourists for illegally crossing the street in downtown Los Angeles. And the crackdown is raising questions about whether the authorities are taking sides with the long-dominant automobile here at the very time when a pedestrian culture is...
  • 36 Things You Obviously Need In Your New Home

    07/09/2013 7:36:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 8, 2013 | Peggy Wang
    In case you wanted some inspiring ideas for all that disposable income you’ve got just sitting around.
  • Pope: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor

    06/06/2013 4:52:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | June 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM | UPI
    VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- At his weekly address in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis attacked the "culture of waste" and said wasting food is like stealing from the poor. "Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value," the pope said. "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry." The pope dedicated his audience, which attracted thousands of pilgrims from around the world, to the U.N. World Environment...
  • In Pitman (NJ), controversial Christmas banner polarizes Gloucester County borough

    12/20/2011 5:37:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies
    star ledger ^ | 12.16.11
    The big black letters on the water tower that looms over this small South Jersey town announce “Everybody likes Pitman.” Except that someone doesn’t. Or so say many of the borough’s residents. Located just 17 miles southeast of Philadelphia, the Gloucester County town has the rural feel of fictional Bedford Falls in “It’s a Wonderful Life” — the kind of town where the barber shop is called just that in a window sign and has a working barber pole spinning out front. There is no snow on the ground, but wreaths encircle lamp posts like halos, the marquee in front...
  • The Century Of The Self Part 1: Happiness Machines

    04/03/2012 6:35:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 2002 | Adam Curtis
    Adam Curtis' acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty. This series is a MUST SEE for all those who want to know the truth about the use of subliminal manipulation of the subconscious to induce the "buying of products" - be they consumer goods, policies, or politicians. ,,,and ultimately the creation of "false flag" operations to induce the "nightmares" [nexuses of evil, terrorism, etc.] needed to maintain the allegience to these "products" that only a common enemy can achieve... "The enemy of my enemy is my friend.". Creator, Adam Curtis, has...
  • Consumerism Chucked Christmas Down A 'God Sized' Hole

    12/29/2011 4:49:43 PM PST · by billflax · 5 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 12/29/2011 | Bill Flax
    Despite many a pundit's tale, it wasn't secular society that just evicted Christ from Christmas. This assault on faith is neither new nor limited to the holidays. Instead of a peculiar people living as salt and light to a lost world, far too many Believers let the divine splendor of Light descending to Earth be eclipsed under the dull luster of consumerism. We Christians seem unsatisfied by Christ's coming and instead compensate through seeking worldly ends. But if we are too busy living the same lives as unbelievers, who else will give an account of the rich hope that's within...
  • 'It often feels like Christmas in Sweden is only about presents' (iPads for 3-year olds!?)

    12/22/2011 7:17:17 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 32 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 12/19/2011 | Rebecca Ahlfeldt
    Deep down inside we all regret the fact that we have turned Christmas, originally a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, into a feast of consumption. Americans view themselves as being the worst example of this attitude and behavior. But are they? Perhaps there are nations even worse. Below, a report from an American ex-pat living in my home country, Sweden. The article; "Rampant holiday consumerism is hard to avoid, writes US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt, as she struggles to reconcile competing Swedish and American Christmas traditions in finding gifts for her children. Our family has entirely too much...
  • This Year I Will be a Conscientious Objector in the War on Christmas

    12/19/2011 2:15:14 PM PST · by presidio9 · 21 replies
    NCR ^ | December 19, 2011 | Mark Shea
    I decline to make Christmas a grenade in the politicized culture wars our nation is coming to specialize in. I refuse to let the thought or mention of Christmas fill me with anger and resentment. I resolve to let the thought of Christmas be an occasion of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Does that mean I believe there’s no hostility to Christmas in our culture? Of course there is. There has always been hostility to Christmas because there has always been hostility to Christ in our culture—and in every culture. The rationale for the...
  • 'No Merry Christmas,' U.S. House Members Told

    12/18/2011 9:39:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Members of the House of Representatives are being told that no holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” can be sent out in official mail. According to the Washington Examiner, members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be "franked," or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including "Merry Christmas," can be sent. "I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no 'Merry Christmas.' Also told cannot say 'Happy New Year' but can say 'have a happy new year'...
  • Knights of Columbus urge millions to 'Keep Christ in Christmas'

    12/16/2011 3:15:22 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    cna ^ | December 16, 2011 | Kevin J. Jones
    St. Lawrence Council 10281 in South Amboy, NJ. Credit: Knights of Columbus. New Haven, Conn., Dec 16, 2011 / 03:03 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus' annual campaign reminding millions of Americans to “Keep Christ in Christmas” is in full swing with radio ads, signs, billboards, Nativity scenes and Christmas cards.“In a society where Christmas has often become shorthand for shopping, many who celebrate Christmas can lose sight of its true meaning,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said Dec. 15. “Those who celebrate Christmas give gifts to each other because it is the day on which we celebrate the...
  • Is there a war on Christmas?

    12/15/2011 1:43:33 PM PST · by JDPendry · 5 replies
    JD's Bunker ^ | 12/15/2011 | J.D. Pendry
    Is the real issue hidden beneath a catchy headline “the war on Christmas?” A war on Christmas is a war against what we call a decorated tree. It is a war against what we call the school break that arrives each year around Christmas time. It is a war against public display of Christian themed decorations. It is a war of political correctness of whether one should wish you a Merry Christmas, offer you a sanitized season’s greeting, or refer to an alternative list of faith based and made up celebrations, all so as not to offend. To that extent,...
  • Retailers look to keep Black Friday momentum going

    11/26/2011 11:21:57 AM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Phil Wahba and Jessica Wohl
    With the intensity of Black Friday shopping starting to fade, store chains know they are under pressure to keep the sales momentum going as they enter the next phase of a competitive holiday shopping season. Chains such as Macy's Inc, Target Corp and Best Buy reported large crowds this year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that sees millions of Americans start shopping more intensely for the holiday season.With the National Retail Federation only expecting retail sales to rise a modest 2.8 percent this year, store chains say it is risky to take their foot off the pedal, even...
  • U.S. opening formal probe into GM Volt fire risk

    11/25/2011 4:56:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    U.S. opening formal probe into GM Volt fire risk Photo 5:46pm EST (Reuters) - U.S. auto safety regulators are opening a formal investigation into fire risks in General Motors' Volt vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday it was taking the step after efforts to recreate a May crash test saw fires result from two out of three crash tests performed this month. "While it is too soon to tell whether the investigation will lead to a recall of any vehicles or parts, if NHTSA identifies an unreasonable risk to safety, the agency will take immediate action...
  • In Positive Economic Sign, Walmart Customers Killing Each Other to Buy ----

    11/25/2011 5:20:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Borowitz Report ^ | November 25, 2011 | Andy Borowitz
    In what economists are hailing as a clear sign of economic recovery, Walmart customers across the USA jammed into stores on Black Friday, sometimes killing each other to buy useless ----.
  • Black Friday Pepper Spray Incident in Porter Ranch

    11/25/2011 11:06:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Nov 25, 2011
    Apparently it started with a fight over the new Xbox 360.A customer shot pepper spray at other customers at a busy Northridge Wal-Mart store late Thursday night, causing minor injuries to at least 10 people who had been waiting hours for Black Friday savings, according to Los Angeles firefighters and a police lieutenant. The Associated Press later reported 20 injuries. "It was an unhappy customer'' who spritzed pepper spray at the Wal-Mart, 19821 Rinaldi Street, at 10:10 p.m., said Lt. Abel Parga at the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire station. The suspect then left the store. Firefighters arrived to treat...
  • Happy Baracksgiving!

    11/23/2011 1:36:25 PM PST · by Wolf13 · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11-23-11 | Gary Bauer
    Thanksgiving is a time to thank God for all our blessings. But President Obama thinks we should be thanking him instead. Here's a new video we've put together that makes clear just how little we have to thank our president for. Enjoy!
  • Advent Conspiracy

    11/19/2011 4:27:32 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 6 replies
    The story of Christ's birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love. So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. And when it's all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas? What if Christmas became a world-changing event again? Welcome to Advent Conspiracy.
  • Federal testers may have caused Chevy Volt fire, GM says (Federal testers finds safety flaw)

    11/13/2011 9:40:49 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    msnbc ^ | 11/13/2011 | Paul A. Eisenstein
    The spotlight is on the Chevrolet Volt following word that one of the plug-in hybrids caught fire while being tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But TheDetroitBureau.com has learned that the fire was readily preventable had a few simple steps been taken after a Volt was put through a series of tests three weeks earlier. Federal regulators have promised a full investigation of the spring incident in which the Volt caught fire and burned several nearby vehicles. That has raised serious questions about the safety of its batteries, though GM officials say it may instead require adapting federal...
  • List the BEST Black Friday Deals Here

    11/13/2011 11:22:27 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    Self | November 13, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, less than two weeks until Black Friday and I am already seeing some terrific deals, some of which I shall list below. I invite you to list your own Black Friday deals as well. Personally, I have a rather modest Black Friday goal. I just want to get a really good deal on a Lexmark 730 inkjet cartridge. As for the electronic stuff below I am guessing you will need to get yourself a chair and wait on a line all night, something I am not prepared to do. So here are some of the really good deals I've...
  • New York Times Touts “Selective Reduction” as a “Half Abortion”

    08/10/2011 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | August 10, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    As if the new York Times couldn’t sink any further down the hole of warped and twisted pro-abortion activism, the Gray Lady is out with yet another “news” piece that moves the newspaper further beyond the pale.Ruth Pawder is out today with a new story titled “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy,” that focuses on “selective reduction” – the euphemistic phrase given to name the destruction of one or more unborn children in a multiple pregnancy situation where a mother has more than one baby resulting from an IVF pregnancy involving the implantation of multiple human embryos.The Times never makes it past the...
  • Eastern Islam and the 'clash of civilizations'

    10/24/2010 9:43:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 24, 2010 | Robert D. Kaplan
    Globalization is giving a harder edge to the softer strain of Islam in East Asia. Meanwhile, China's rising economic activity in the region is importing a glitzy capitalism and fueling consumerism. Islam has been an American obsession for at least a decade. The 9/11 attacks and the intractable violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan — however much we have been the cause of it — have left us bewildered and terrified by this seemingly austere and martial faith. Islam was spread quickly by the sword from Arabia westward across North Africa, the history books tell us, and is supposedly prone...
  • NASA Heralds Season's Greetings -- NOT Christmas

    12/17/2009 10:32:29 PM PST · by anymouse · 13 replies · 735+ views
    e-mail | 12/18/09
    FYI, The NASA press release below refers to 'holiday' or 'seasons' greetings six times. No mention of Christmas, of course. [comment deleted]! In a bizarre historical turnabout, religious activity on the space station has now become almost entirely dominated by the Russians. They fly icons blessed by priests (http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6673) Photos: http://hochu.vkosmos.ru/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/ikona.jpeg and http://www.svet-valaama.ru/photoalbom/2006_05_icon_from_space/2006_05_icon_from_space_01.jpg Also http://www.interfax-religion.ru/img/2308.jpg I haven't seen anything remotely similar from the American side. What have I missed? For the next manned launch this Sunday, also expect Russian Orthodox priests from the newly-built church in Baykonur (news story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10729300) to bless the rocket and the crew. File photo: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Mp59h1-TVgE/SsKiot99hvI/AAAAAAAAAnA/1QV6t9vIfrs/s400/Best+Soyuz+Bless.jpg...
  • Heath Care and Consumerism

    12/09/2009 5:51:33 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 159+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 12/09/2009 | Mark Roberts
    As U.S. health care costs continue to escalate, Consumer Directed Health Care (CDH) can be a positive force for change that allows patients to gain greater control over their healthcare decisions, allow employers to reduce their healthcare benefit expenditure, enable insurers to increase membership by making more affordable insurance available and provide opportunities for financial institutions to expand their presence in the healthcare industry
  • Economy, God, Environment & Big Government: What we can learn from it

    07/27/2009 5:18:09 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 145+ views
    The convergence of a number of things - the new eco-movement, a slow economy and a Big Government growing bigger and more oppressive by the minute - all at the same time has made many stop and think about the rat race they find themselves in. How much of how we live is excessive? Where have we gone so far forward that we are actually going backwards? And where does this fit in our worldviews? How does this all fit together? People have begun to looking again at conservation and energy saving techniques as a way to save money - and...
  • What’s Beyond Those Bargains? (barf alert)

    07/05/2009 4:54:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies · 1,466+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2009 | Devin Leonard
    ... [“Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture”] is a jeremiad. Ms. Ruppel Shell, a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and a journalism professor at Boston University, is disgusted with retailers who she says have abandoned their principles in pursuit of rock-bottom prices. And she is angry with the rest of us for supporting them. Ms. Ruppel Shell argues that our national obsession with bargains has lowered our standard of living and hurt the environment and the quality of American products. “Cheap” has plenty of targets, and many are usual ones. Ms. Ruppel Shell lambastes Wal-Mart, saying it underpays...
  • The Irony Report (June) - - A Photo Essay

    06/10/2009 5:14:13 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | June 10, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    "Made in Nicaragua" . . . "Made in China" . . . "Made in Pakistan" . . . It’s a free country, so you all can do as you please, but for what it is worth, I think we would be better off if we stopped thinking like “consumers” and started thinking like Americans. So when I shop for patriotic stuff for the Fourth of July, I’ll be checking labels.
  • Gadget Graveyard: 10 Technologies About to Go Extinct

    04/15/2009 9:51:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 130 replies · 4,833+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2009 | Mariel Bird
    Looking back at the 20th century, it's clear that even the biggest and baddest gadget sensations will one day fall victim to technological evolution.
  • ‘New’ US shopper to emerge from crisis(consumerism gone?)

    04/08/2009 9:20:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies · 1,244+ views
    FT ^ | 04/08/09 | Jonathan Birchall
    ‘New’ US shopper to emerge from crisis By Jonathan Birchall in New York Published: April 8 2009 19:58 | Last updated: April 8 2009 19:58 As the recession dramatic­ally alters where and how Americans spend their money, there is an emerging consensus on the likely profile of the “new” US consumer who will emerge on the other side of the crisis. A Citigroup report, for example, argues that US consumers are shifting towards “conscientious consumption”, embracing a “thriftiness” focused on value and quality, not quantity. Euro RSCG, the global advertising group, says a recent survey of 500 people in the...
  • Black Friday Man-Hours Poorly Spent

    We spend so much time saving a few bucks on Black Friday. Maybe we should be just as diligent to spent time saving dollars in other dealings in our lives.
  • Top Cop: Wal-Mart May Be To Blame For Worker Death [wasn't trained for security work.....]

    12/01/2008 3:04:12 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 113 replies · 2,351+ views
    Top Cop: Wal-Mart May Be To Blame For Worker Death Nassau Detective: Investigation Focusing On Individuals In Crowd And Badly Thought Out Security Protocols ME Confirms: 34-Year-Old Man Died Of Asphyxiation Reporting Lou Young MINEOLA (CBS) ― A top Nassau County police official called it a recipe for disaster. Wal-Mart advertised the sale, announced supplies were limited and then -- he says -- did little to control the surge of people as they funneled through a single door. Cops also said. everyone who got into the Valley Stream Wal-Mart when it opened on Friday morning stepped over, around or on...
  • Shoppers arrive early for U.S. holiday sales

    11/27/2008 7:49:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies · 586+ views
    reuters ^ | Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:25pm EST | Michele Gershberg and Aarthi Sivaraman
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Early bird shoppers filed into U.S. stores on Thanksgiving day on Thursday, drawn by bargains from retailers who hope to salvage what could be a disastrous holiday sales season. ... While most stores start sales on "Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving, several opened their doors on Thursday, aiming to capture business even before consumers started their traditional holiday meal with family or friends. ... Retailers fear the shrinking economy and mounting job losses could cost them billions of dollars during the crucial season that brings in up to 40 percent of annual sales. Many started...
  • Losing my religion in the aisles of the new cathedral of consumerism

    10/11/2008 7:06:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 577+ views
    October 12, 2008 Losing my religion in the aisles of the new cathedral of consumerism Europe’s biggest city-centre mall is about to open in London – just as India Knight begins to break faith with shopping A shopper in London's Bond Street taking advantage of the sales I am standing on a ledge gazing down at the innards of the new Westfield shopping centre in west London. Outside, in the real world, Iceland is suddenly poorer than Africa. Inside, they are preparing for the ultimate shopping experience. Below the undulating glass roof the site is almost unimaginably enormous – the...
  • Economic Woes

    02/26/2008 5:41:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 394+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    If you believe big media, the economy is in trouble. If you worry about job layoffs and your inability to pay bills, you may be thinking about voting for Democrats this fall, which is the point of the negative media coverage. Every four years when a Republican is president, big media carry stories about economic gloom and doom. But is it true? It depends on the standard you use. Last week, The Washington Post carried a story that is a metaphor for what ails us. It was about a Maryland couple whose mortgage lender took back what remained of a...
  • Advent: of what?

    12/07/2007 1:35:34 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies · 98+ views
    DavidWarrenOnline ^ | 12/2/2007 | David Warren
    According to American media reports (and what could be more reliable?) the hottest gift items for pre-school children in this year's Christmas buying season are: cellphones, laptops, digital cameras, and MP3 players. A New York Times item directs us to the “hottest toys list” at Amazon.com, and such products as the Easy Link Internet Launch Pad from Fisher-Price; and an exercise bike for toddlers, connected to a video game. The theme of, “get the kid staring at a screen,” runs right through the chart, and since the screens are interactive, let me take this opportunity to warn medical professionals to...
  • MTV Censors Buy Nothing Day

    11/26/2007 10:15:12 AM PST · by redrunner · 22 replies · 119+ views
    Ethical Shopping ^ | 11/23/2007 | ethicalshopping.com
    November 23, 2007 — Adbusters, the Canadian culture jamming magazine largely responsible for propagating Buy Nothing Day, has once again been rejected in its attempt to buy advertising on MTV in promotion of the anti-consumerist holiday. MTV's Advertising Standards representative, Elisa J. Billis, didn't deny that the rejection was based soley on the message of the ad, simply saying that "the spot goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels." The ad features a burping animated pig and seeks to illustrate the divide in the amount of waste produced by the richest and poorest countries in the...
  • We [IRISH] think like Europeans, but spend like Americans

    07/22/2007 5:20:20 AM PDT · by Murtyo · 14 replies · 654+ views
    DavidMcWilliams.ie ^ | July 22nd, 2007 | David McWilliams
    Sunday Business Post, Global Economics The inexorable fall of the dollar has exposed the inconsistency at the heart of Ireland’s economic policy. If you are thinking about your open-walleted, pre-Christmas assault on Bloomingdales and Saks, the news this week from the international currency markets will lighten your mood. If, on the other hand, you are worried about how you will pay for the pre-Christmas New York shopping trip, then the news will strike a note of caution. The dollar has fallen to close to its lowest level ever against the euro. Today, one euro can buy you close to $1.40,making...
  • Church hopping a selfish act that hurts self, congregation

    07/09/2007 1:08:32 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 31 replies · 586+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 07/07/2007 | Betsy Hart
    Church "hopping" is the ultimate "all about me" experience. I'm not talking about church "shopping" - say, moving into a new community, or deciding to start attending church altogether, and then visiting churches until becoming a member of one as soon as reasonably possible. And I'm not talking about leaving one's church after finding un-addressed scandal in a church's leadership, for instance, or when a person's conscience becomes persuaded that something foundational to the belief system of that church is very wrong. I'm talking about the growing tendency in America's evangelical churches for folks who decide, after they have officially...
  • Affluenza: Rampant consumerism erodes us

    01/25/2007 3:34:11 PM PST · by GSlob · 10 replies · 452+ views
    Reuters life ^ | Jan 25 2007 | Paul Majendie
    LONDON (Reuters Life) - Beware the Affluenza Virus. An epidemic of mindless consumerism is sweeping the world with the compulsive pursuit of money and possessions making people richer but sadder. That is the stark warning issued by best-selling British psychologist Oliver James after a "mind tour" of seven countries chronicling how depression envelopes the affluent...
  • See Dick call. See Jane text. Why parents are giving in to children's requests for cell phones

    01/01/2007 1:45:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 333 replies · 4,563+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 12.10.06 | KELLY HEYBOER
    Joe Skarimbas was just learning to read when he decided he was ready to join the digital age. "When he went to first grade he said, 'When am I going to get a cell phone?'" said Joe's mother, Tara Skarimbas. The Leonia family decided to hold off on getting young Joe a phone until he turns 10 and starts walking home from school alone. But his mother understands the temptation to get her son, who turns 8 this month, a cell phone as soon as possible. "Just for safety purposes," she said, glancing toward the new Disney Mobile kiosk during...
  • The New Altruism (feel good by spending on leftie causes this "holiday season")

    12/01/2006 6:27:25 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 10 replies · 631+ views
    The Lakeland Ledger ^ | December 1, 2006 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    A PROFIT WITH HONOR Walk into any Gap clothing store this holiday season and expect to see red T-shirts, red hats and red bracelets. Of course decorating with red is nothing unusual this time of year, but the merchandise is meant to remind customers of something not often associated with the holidays: the global AIDS epidemic. Gap is one of a number of companies this year who are tapping into consumers' growing desire to do good deeds with their purchasing dollars. Other retailers selling products to benefit humanitarian causes include Bath & Body Works, a division of Limited Brands Inc.,...
  • Out of position: Against the politics of relative standing

    10/20/2006 9:49:19 AM PDT · by beckett · 1 replies · 294+ views
    Policy (Center for Independent Studies) ^ | Spring 2006 | Will Wilkinson
    Zero-sum positional conflict is avoidable in a liberal market society, argues Will WilkinsonHL Mencken once quipped that, ‘a wealthy man is one who earns $100 a year more than his wife’s sister’s husband.’ Writing last April on the definition of poverty in The New Yorker, journalist John Cassidy takes the logic of Mencken’s satire of low-grade ressentiment fully seriously and plumps for its liberal application to public policy. Cassidy argues that it is indeed a hardship to make less than your wife’s sister’s husband—or your co-worker, your next door neighbour, or anyone within the same national boundaries—and proposes that for...
  • Cool Capitalist: The 100th Anniversary of the Air Conditioner

    07/21/2006 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 46 replies · 1,069+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 21, 2006 | Edward Hudgins
    Ehudgins@atlassociety.org It's a typical 3-H Washington, D.C. summer: hazy, hot and humid. And with small variations, the rest of the country sweats through this same season. But I sit typing in cool comfort, looking out a window into the park at the statue of an admiral who might want to yield his pedestal for a likeness of Willis Haviland Carrier. Who was Carrier and why does he deserve our esteem? He's the American who invented and commercialized the modern air conditioner. Carrier was born in 1876 and grew on the cold shores of Lake Erie in Upstate New York. He...
  • Black Friday Sales Flat as Holiday Shopping Season Begins (Press Release)

    11/26/2005 7:34:17 PM PST · by steve86 · 101 replies · 2,125+ views
    Shoppertrak.com ^ | 11/26/2005
    Black Friday Sales Flat as Holiday Shopping Season Begins Sales Total $8.0 Billion For The Season's First Major Shopping Day, Down a Slight 0.9 Percent From a Very Strong 2004 CHICAGO – November 26, 2005 – ShopperTrak RCT Corporation's National Retail Sales Estimate (NRSE) today reported that the 2005 holiday retail season got off to a relatively flat start as compared to 2004 as the season's first major shopping day, Black Friday, fell a very slight 0.9 percent. With heavy discounting by non-mall retailers combined with the extended shopping season in 2005, consumers may not feel the pressure to shop...
  • Early Morning Shoppers Pepper Sprayed At Beaumont Wal-Mart

    11/26/2005 8:22:07 AM PST · by solitas · 36 replies · 1,347+ views
    Early morning shoppers at Beaumont’s Wal-Mart say they were pepper sprayed by an off-duty police officer working security as a large crowd gathered in the electronics department of the store. “There were some people trying to break thru the crowds because they were throwing up, and couldn`t breathe,” said one shopper, Andrenette Davis, “It was pretty bad.” The incident took place on what is often called “Black Friday,” a day retailers open their doors early to hundreds, sometimes thousands, looking for early holiday bargains. Numerous customers inside the store at the time tell KBTV the crowd gathered in the electronics...
  • U.S. material wealth leads to clutter

    10/22/2005 2:40:29 PM PDT · by DancesWithBolsheviks · 54 replies · 1,263+ views
    seattlepi.com ^ | Sun Oct 22,2005 | JOSEPH B. VERRENGIA
    To many observers, clutter reflects the mind-set of the modern household - overburdened, disorganized and compulsive. To others, clutter is a broader symbol of a ravenous culture dependent on easy credit, piling up debt and consuming a lion's share of the world's resources without considering the consequences. "People's homes are a reflection of their lives," says Los Angeles psychologist and organizational consultant Peter Walsh. "It is no accident that people have a huge weight problem in this country, and clutter is the same thing. Homes are an orgy of consumption." The obesity analogy isn't a joke. While personal spending drives...
  • Is the High Street Really a Liberating Arena for Women?

    01/05/2005 6:14:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Gaurdian Unlimited (UK) ^ | 02 Janauary 2005 | Amelia Hill and Anushka Asthana
    She's young, gifted and ahead of you at the till ___ Retailers are remodelling themselves to tempt a new breed of educated, affluent women. Now politicians dream of tapping their voting power. Amelia Hill and Anushka Asthana report It is difficult to schedule an interview with Joanna Public these days - she simply doesn't have the time. Busy enjoying her youth, advancing her career and spending her large disposable income, she represents the most influential sector in modern British society. Once it was middle-aged Joe Public senior who wielded the power, followed by his fresh-faced son, Joe Public junior. Now...
  • Sony Unprepared for Flat TV Demand

    11/27/2004 8:00:38 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 102 replies · 4,623+ views
    Technology - Reuters via my.yahoo ^ | Fri Nov 26, 2004 | Anon Reuters Geek Stringer
    LONDON (Reuters) - Sony, the world's largest consumer-electronics group, is having trouble meeting soaring demand for flat televisions as its assembly lines did not gear up quickly enough, a senior official said on Friday. "We are having trouble meeting demand in flat TVs," Chris Beering, president of Sony Europe, told Reuters in an interview, saying the assembly lines were working flat out. "I do not think there is overcapacity in assembly." There was no problem in the supply of the panels. The bottlenecks at the Japanese firm's own plants come at an awkward time ahead of the Christmas shopping season,...
  • Celebrate Consume Wisely Day year round ( Answer to "Buy Nothing Day" )

    11/26/2004 7:54:23 AM PST · by the_gospel_of_thomas · 10 replies · 329+ views
    Oregon Daily Emerald - University of Oregon news ^ | November 23, 2004 | The Emerald editorial board
    Celebrate Consume Wisely Day year round The day after Thanksgiving is Buy Nothing Day, a day, according to Adbusters, to "not participate in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and the frantic consumer-binge that's become our culture." For those who choose to celebrate this holiday, we ask that you do so properly. At midnight on Nov. 26, you must leave your house or apartment, because shelter is a commodity and this is Buy Nothing Day. If you don't want to walk around naked we suggest that you make your own clothes out of materials found for free in nature like...