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The Key to Smart Consumer Spending

Kelly Marie Fairchild | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Kelly Marie Fairchild

According to a report by the Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 was the weakest year for sales growth among retailers since the end of the recession in 2009. We can only hope that this is widely due to the fact that consumers are becoming smarter when it comes to spending.

Exploring the Concept of Makeup as an Emotional Crutch

Annie Walton Doyle | Posted 02.08.2016 | Style
Annie Walton Doyle

Makeup browsing almost like being in a pleasant hallucination, with bright lights, mirrors, pleasant scents and soft, inoffensive music. You can just drift aimlessly around, touching things and sniffing things and squeezing things without any annoying cognitive input. It's almost like a temporary lobotomy; you can fall into a type of comfortable, dreamy trance.

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

'It's Gonna Be Messy, It's Gonna Be Slow': The Way to a Circular Economy

Pro Journo | Posted 01.09.2016 | Green
Pro Journo

A shift in consumption patterns requires well-informed customers and comparable data. At this year's WRF, vegetarianism was set as the default dietary option when registering for the conference. Meat-eaters, for a change, had to make the extra effort, signing up for a meat meal in advance.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Islam and the Fear of Compulsory Heterosexuality

Perry Brass | Posted 12.30.2015 | Books
Perry Brass

I have just finished reading an advance copy of a remarkable debut novel called Guapa, by Saleem Haddad.

Utilize Credit Without Accumulating Holiday Debt

Kali Hawlk | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Kali Hawlk

The idea of "holiday debt" suggests that spending and debt go hand in hand. But spending isn't inherently bad, and neither is credit. Money is meant to be used -- used in a smart, responsible, and thoughtful way.

Can Smart TVs Be Hacked?

Quora | Posted 12.17.2015 | Technology
Quora

As part of my job as a security response researcher in Symantec, I recently got a chance to experiment on a new generation smart TV to see how well it was secured against attacks. I quickly realized, that after a successful attack, I was looking at an ultimately unusable brand new TV infected with ransomware.

Something Extraordinary Is Happening In The World, But Most People Haven't Noticed

Gustavo Tanaka | Posted 12.21.2015 | Business
Gustavo Tanaka

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening. Silently, people are being woken up and are realizing how crazy it is to live in this society. With the advent of the Internet, the small are no longer speechless. There is a voice.

Letting Go Of My 'Big Christmas' Guilt

Kristen Mae | Posted 12.14.2015 | Parents
Kristen Mae

The thing is, it's really nobody's business how parents choose to celebrate Christmas, or any other holiday, with their children.

9 Tragic Reasons Why Santa Claus Needs Therapy

James Napoli | Posted 12.14.2015 | Comedy
James Napoli

Oh, sure, he's a symbol of joy and wonder during the holiday season, but there are burdens on Saint Nick that we can only begin to fathom. It's clear that he has been working through some serious dysfunction over the years.

You're Better Than That: Why Consumer Is a Dirty Word

JUST | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
JUST

It probably goes unnoticed to most but we don't use the word consumer at our company. Several months back after seeing the True Cost movie and after a...

Beanie-to-briefs in ethical brands for $153

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Style
Kelsey Timmerman

I encouraged folks to wear one thing a day they knew was produced in a way that treated people and planet fairly. I reach a lot of college students and thought that a whole outfit in such clothes would be unaffordable. That's what I thought... until today.

Brandalism Campaign Points out Paradoxes of the Paris and Climate Conference

Tim Ward | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Tim Ward

PARIS - 2015 marks the first year global temperatures have risen 1 degree Celsius higher than the historical average. It might also mark the first yea...

This Holiday Season, Check Out These 21 Companies That Have Supported LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

It's that time of year again -- we're all feeling the pressure to go out and Spend! Spend! Spend! during the massive post-Thanksgiving Blac...

A Loving Defense of Black Friday

Troy Campbell | Posted 11.26.2015 | Business
Troy Campbell

There seems to be a mad rush in the media to analyze Black Friday. Yet, every analysis misses the point that Black Friday, which though on the surface seems like just vile consumerism, is actually, for some, quite a meaningful, ritualistic experience.

For Black Friday and Christmas: Why Consumerism is Not the Problem -- Reshaping Desire From the Bottom Up

Joerg Rieger | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

As we are being bombarded with enticements that reach all the way into religious worlds, how can religious communities and their theologies escape being shaped by the neoliberal capitalist economy?

The Greatest Danger

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
G. Benjamin Bingham

A great candidate would face what others ignore, boldly illuminating any self-destructive agenda that fosters investments that are driven by short-term greed, and proliferates terrorism and war based on fear. They would call for compassion and model confidence that humanity can find a course toward mutual benefit.

Let's Make Black Friday a Little Brighter

Ted Barber | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Ted Barber

Deals... I love them, you love them, everybody loves them. Even retailers seem overjoyed to slash prices. I got an email this morning from a big box store announcing they were starting Black Friday bargains super early, like it was this crazy idea dreamed up last night over cocktails.

Why We Need To Stop Treating Overeating As A Personal Failure

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

America has a problem. As the latest data released last week by the Centers For Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics confirmed, fa...

The Latest Science on Having a Rewarding Christmas

Joey Savoie | Posted 11.17.2015 | Science
Joey Savoie

Co-authored by Michael Dello "Oh what a void there is in things." - Persius In The Life You Can Save, The Most Good You Can Do and his hugely su...

Buy Nothing Day . . . But What About The Other 364 Days?

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 11.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Katy Wolk-Stanley

My problem with Buy Nothing Day is that, like Black Friday it's a one day event. Buy nothing this one day, but then shop normally the other 364 days. Yes, it gets people talking about our consumer society, and that's a good thing, but it's still just one day.

Wake Up, Teen Consumers!

Sophia Armenakas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Sophia Armenakas

Do you ever think about where the threads used to make your tee shirt were spun? Or whose hands have touched the hem of your jeans? Do we really know where the things we buy come from?

Spiritually Rudderless

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.05.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Another deep cry, followed by a shrug. The world is at war, at war, at war. But it only hurts them, the helpless ones, the anonymous poor, who absorb the bombs and bullets, who bury their children, who flee their broken countries.

Uh-Oh, I Think I'm a Freegan

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 11.04.2015 | Money
Katy Wolk-Stanley

Yes, I bring home and accept free stuff when it crosses my path. There is an overabundance of stuff out there in our world, and there simply aren't enough people willing to accept anything they deem to be less than perfect.

The Arc of the Boomers

Stephen Mo Hanan | Posted 10.30.2015 | Fifty
Stephen Mo Hanan

Looking back from my seventh decade it's easy to see the polarization in America today as an outgrowth of the countercultural upheaval of the Sixties and Seventies.