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Big Savings!

November 27, 2015

Big Savings!

The Friday after Thanksgiving or ”Black Friday“ is reserved by global corporations for whipping Americans into a frenzy of over-consumption.  Millions camp out and line up for hours hoping for bargains. Most end up buying things they don’t need at prices they can’t afford.

Save big today. Don’t buy a single thing. If you want to spend something, spend the day with friends and family. Spend time at the library; borrow a book and spend time reading it. Spend time making something. You’re not what you buy. You’re not a “consumer.” You’re a human being.

More:

“Buy Nothing Day,” AdBusters

“Buy Nothing Day,” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“The scientific explanation of why people kill each other over TVs on Black Friday,” Laurence Ashworth, Reuters

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Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

Memorial 2015

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday once known as Decoration Day, the time to remember those who fell in defense of their country.  Memorial Day is now officially observed on a Monday to form a three-day holiday weekend, and the original significance has been distilled down to a 60-second Moment of Remembrance.

But there are 259,199 more minutes to a three-day weekend, and human nature abhors a semantic vacuum, so the holiday has acquired meanings in other realms:

Ceremony: Solemn ritual processions.

Ritual garb: White footwear.

Nutrition: Ceremonial meals.

Transportation: The Brickyard.

Economics:  Door-Busters.

Calendar: Memorial Day is the official Unofficial Start of Summer.

The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3:00 PM to 3:01 PM (local time in each time zone) on Monday, May 25, 2015. U.S. Code, Title 36,114, Stat. 3078, Sec.(2)(7): “… reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble event that that day is intended to be.”

For more about the origins of Memorial Day, see Burying the Dead but Not the Past by Dr. Caroline Janney.

Related:

“Why Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day (but shouldn’t be),” Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

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It’s Beginning ….

December 23, 2014

It's Beginning ....
On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later, and we’ve already had two weeks of commercial-heavy seasonal TV specials. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.
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Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

Yesterday, on “Black Friday,” millions of Americans spent billions of dollars with the multi-national corporations that sell imported products in U.S. shopping malls. Some of us resisted this retail feeding frenzy and bought nothing. Today people from both camps will buy local, shopping with neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday.

$100 spent with local businesses returns $68 to the community vs. $43 spent at big box stores. So think outside the big box and shop local. The Small Business Saturday campaign was started by American Express, but your local shopkeepers will really thank you if you pay cash and leave your Amex card at home (they have to pay Amex swipe fees).

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Big Savings!

November 28, 2014

Big Savings!

The Friday after Thanksgiving or ”Black Friday“ is reserved by global corporations for whipping Americans into a frenzy of over-consumption.  Millions camp out and line up for hours hoping for bargains. Most end up buying things they don’t need at prices they can’t afford.

Save big today. Don’t buy a single thing. If you want to spend something, spend the day with friends and family. Spend time at the library; borrow a book and spend time reading it. Spend time making something. You’re not what you buy. You’re not a “consumer.” You’re a human being.

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Pumpkin Products Plague 2014

October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Products Plague 2014

Pumpkin products are proliferating this year. Is pumpkin the new kale? Could be. Foods and beverages without pumpkin in them are heavily adulterated with “Pumpkin Spice.” What is that magical substance? Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Allspice, the stuff you put in pumpkin pie so you don’t have to taste the pumpkin squash.

More:

“10 products that have absolutely no business being pumpkin-flavored,” Lindsay Abrams, Salon

“Enough with the bleeping pumpkins!” Cristina Alesci and Paul R. La Monica, CNN Money

The greatest trick capitalism ever pulled was making you want a pumpkin spice latte
Updated by Alex Abad-Santos, Vox

“The Company That Tested Pumpkin-Spice Foie-Gras Mashed Potatoes,” Tanya Basu, The Atlantic

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It’s Beginning ….

December 8, 2013

It's Beginning ....

On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later, and we’ve already had a week of commercial-heavy seasonal TV specials. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.

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Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

Yesterday, on “Black Friday,” millions of Americans spent billions of dollars with the multi-national corporations that sell imported products in U.S. shopping malls. Some of us resisted this retail feeding frenzy and bought nothing. Today people from both camps will buy local, shopping with neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday.

$100 spent with local businesses returns $68 to the community vs. $43 spent at big box stores. So think outside the big box and shop local, maybe even buy some art. The Small Business Saturday campaign was started by American Express, but your local shopkeepers will really thank you if you leave your Amex card at home (they pay swipe fees).

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Big Savings!

November 29, 2013

Big Savings!

The Friday after Thanksgiving or ”Black Friday“ is reserved by global corporations for whipping Americans into a frenzy of over-consumption.  Millions camp out and line up for hours hoping for bargains. Most end up buying things they don’t need at prices they can’t afford.

Save big today. Don’t buy a single thing. If you want to spend something, spend the day with friends and family. Spend time at the library; borrow a book and spend time reading it. Spend time making something. You’re not what you buy. You’re not a “consumer.” You’re a human being.

More:

“Buy Nothing Day,” AdBusters

“Buy Nothing Day,” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“The Dirty Secret of Black Friday ‘Discounts,'” Suzanne Kapner, Wall Street Journal

“Black Friday: 5 reasons to skip the madness,” Erik Sherman, CBS Money Watch

Updates:

“Holiday shopping mayhem and misadventures across the U.S,” AP vis St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Everything You Know About Black Friday is Wrong, Amy Merrick, The New Yorker

“Why Black Friday Doesn’t Matter,” Danielle Kurtzleben, U.S. News & World Report

“Holiday sales are a dirty lie,” Lydia DePillis, Washington Post blog

“The Economic Case for Ignoring Black Friday,” Matthew O’Brien, The Atlantic

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Big Savings!

November 23, 2012

Big Savings!

The Friday after Thanksgiving or ”Black Friday“ is reserved by global corporations for whipping Americans into a frenzy of over-consumption.  Millions camp out and line up for hours hoping for bargains. Most end up buying things they don’t need at prices they can’t afford.

Save big today. Don’t buy a single thing. If you want to spend something, spend the day with friends and family. Spend time at the library; borrow a book and spend time reading it. Spend time making something. You’re not what you buy. You’re not a “consumer.” You’re a human being.

Related:

“A Brief History of Black Friday,” Ethan Trex, Mental Floss

“Black Friday In 41 Absolutely Horrifying Photos,” Scott Lamb, BuzzFeed

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