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

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.27.2015 | Gay 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.

Trump or Treat: Lessons in Anthropology

Janet Mason | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Janet Mason

"It could happen. Trump could get elected. Hitler was elected, you know," said an older friend of mine. My friend and I were sitting in a college classroom where we are taking a class together in anthropology and photography.

Rethinking the American Dream Ahead of the Paris Talk

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.11.2015 | Green
Andrew Lam

Once upon a time, frugality was also a virtue in America, but that no longer seems to be the case. These days the average American produces about 130 pounds of garbage each month.

Why Has the Doctor-Patient Relationship Suffered?

Prem N. Ramkumar | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Prem N. Ramkumar

The first step in revamping American medicine requires an intimate understanding of the players, their roles, and more importantly their system-level capabilities. To date, overvaluing physician impact and undervaluing the patient condition has snowballed into a prohibitive culture.

Dear President Carter

Angela Garcia Combs | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Angela Garcia Combs

When I had no safety at home, when food was scarce and my life seemed impossibly violent and out of control, you became President. You instilled a belief in me that moral leadership will win.

Zero-Cost Recharge

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Kyle David Anderson

Paul Sullivan's "Getting Workaholics to Stop and Recharge" is another welcome addition to the swelling tide of popular and academic articles focused on the balance between life and work. But the piece does one thing very poorly: put wellness within a reasonable reach.

'Be Healthy and Be Rewarded' -- With Rewards in Health Care... Everyone Wins!

Michael Dermer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Dermer

A decade ago, financial rewards for healthy behavior was a "fringe" technique in some circles and morally offensive in others. It was common to hear ...

Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

History abounds with the problems of creating global governance. Think about how the League of Nations failed, giving way to the United Nations. Look at the establishment of the Eurozone, and the convulsions brought on by the Greek financial crisis. Getting people to the table is hard.

The Centrality of Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Over the past half century, we have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe issue barely clinging to a spot on the American political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical.

10 Ways Restaurants Manipulate Our Spending And Eating Habits

Quora | Posted 06.16.2015 | Taste

The next time you dine out, take along a copy of this list and count how many of the following psychological ploys your favorite restaurant uses.

Taking Aim at Mindfulness

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Arthur Rosenfeld

As shocking as it may be to hear from a Taoist monk, I've loved target shooting since I was a boy. Well, perhaps given China's history of warrior monks, it's not all that shocking. Simplicity is inherent in target practice;.

Can Economists Measure Society's Self-Absorption?

The Atlantic | Marc Bain | Posted 05.12.2015 | World

Last month, Bank of America Merrill Lynch released the compellingly titled report, “Vanity Capital: The global bull market in narcissism,” which p...

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

Review: Morris Berman's New Book on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks At Japan is a fine addition to a long list of books that attempt to explain Japan, what one observer has called the "most foreign of foreign countries."