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Affluenza

What The Olsen Twins Were Really Like While Filming 'It Takes Two'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment

It's been almost 20 years since the seminal classic "It Takes Two" was released, which means the Olsen twins have officially been famous for 27-and-a-...

Never Mind What the Constitution Says, Our Prison System Has Run Amok

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Taxpayers are paying thousands of dollars to send people to prisons when the fines are less than the cost of incarceration. Some counties even brag about the amount of money raised from fines, but they are using false math.

Affluenza: Plagued With the Complexion for the Protection

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Christopher Norris

Affluenza is quite possibly the only sickness on the face of the Earth where those who are afflicted by it show no sense of urgency to be cured.

'Affluenza' Teen Who Killed 4 In Crash Given No Jail Time

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 02.06.2014 | Crime

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years' probation in a drunken-driving crash that kill...

How Justin Bieber's Signature Shows Signs Of 'Affluenza'

Annette Poizner | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

By complying with the traditional way to sign the name from left to right, we comply with this societal model, accepting a choreography that requires the personal self to move, well, away from the personal self. As the expression goes, "get over yourself." And with all that as an introduction, let's revisit Bieber's signature.

Coping With Contagious Affluenza: Mindful Consumption

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Do we really need all this stuff? Why are we eating so much? Why can't we focus on what's happening right now? The symptoms and effects of affluenza are plentiful, but there is good news -- relief is possible, and it can be put into action right away.

California Dem Wants To Outlaw 'Affluenza' Defense

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

A California lawmaker wants to outlaw privileged defendants from using their wealth as a defense in court. State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Ang...

The Value Of 'Affluenza,' Addiction And Parental Neglect As Get Out Of Jail Defenses

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Maia Szalavitz What’s a disease and what’s an excuse for bad behavior? These two questions are at the heart of virtually all debate over...

This Is Your Brain On Money

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The term "affluenza" -- a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, defined as a "painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt,...

The Trifecta of Race in America

Marlene G. Fine | Posted 03.01.2014 | Media
Marlene G. Fine

As long as those of us who are in the dominant culture believe our thinking is natural and normal, we refuse to question it, even in the face of contrary evidence.

Pace Yourself, Pace Your Kids

Tim Elmore | Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents
Tim Elmore

Parents and teachers must navigate this "affluenza." We must figure out how to pace our students, exposing them to measured amounts of possessions and appropriate experiences as they mature.

"Affluenza" -- The New "Twinkie"

Joel Cohen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

When defenses like these succeed, they are copycatted. If Ethan Couch can argue that he is the victim of bad parenting, why can't the murderer who was abused by his parents avoid jail time or even conviction ?

Lisa Levey: How Much Is Enough?

Lisa Levey | Posted 02.22.2014 | Women
Lisa Levey

Getting better clarity on what is enough -- in so many parts of our lives -- is deeply connected to increasing our sense of happiness and well-being

Comfortably Numb

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Stephen Gray Wallace

What the sentence did not do, however was shed adequate light on the underbelly of affluence beyond a superficial stereotype of spoiled rich kids who get away with almost everything.

'Affluenza' Teen Hit With 5 Lawsuits

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

Ethan Couch's troubles aren't over yet. On Dec. 10, the Texas 16-year-old was sentenced to a decade of probation after killing four people while ...

DA Tries Again To Put Ethan Couch Behind Bars

AP | Posted 12.17.2013 | Crime

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas prosecutors are trying again to put a teen behind bars who was sentenced last week to 10 years' probation after...

Affluenza, Privilege, and the Threat to American Freedom

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

I am pro-meritocracy. I am a capitalist. And I believe the institutionalization of privilege is a threat to these ideals. Affluenza affects more than the world-view of wealthy teens. It threatens the structural integrity of our society.

'Affluenza' and the Miscarriage of Justice

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Do we really believe that a young teenager from an inner city or from a rural area who had a rough upbringing would receive time at a treatment facility if he/she killed four people after driving drunk? I don't think so, and neither do the majority of us.

Please Excuse Davontaye, He Suffers From Povertenza

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 02.13.2014 | Crime
Jessica Ann Mitchell

This defense obviously doesn't work for black and poor youth. Yet, news outlets are spiraling about 16-year-old Ethan Couch who caused the deaths of four people by drunk driving. His defense was that he suffered from "Affluenza" -- a disorder that only the affluent have.

Defense In Teen's Deadly Crash Case Draws Ire

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 12.13.2013 | Crime

HOUSTON (AP) — "Affluenza," the affliction cited by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to ...

Poppin' Tags: Why I Take My Kids to the Thrift Store

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Sandra Shpilberg

My kids and I have a little tradition. We get in the car, put on the clean version of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" song over the car speakers and sing along, bobbing our heads, while we drive over to our favorite local thrift shop.

Why Wanting to Be Rich Is a Form of Mental Illness

Ben Cohen | Posted 06.12.2012 | Money
Ben Cohen

As the wealth divide gets wider, those less fortunate want what the rich have.

Involuntary Simplicity?

Jasmine Boussem | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jasmine Boussem

It is well known that disease symptoms are sometimes the result of the body working to cure an underlying condition. I suspect we will not only survive, but actually be healthier in the long run.

Why Being Nouveau Pauvre Cheers Britain

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Melissa Biggs Bradley

Despite their ancestors' experience with war-time thrift, the average Brit may be deeper in debt than their American cousin.